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Philippines Drops Russia Deal, In Talks To Purchase US Helicopters, Says Envoy

The Philippines envoy stated the Russia deal was scrapped primarily resulting from Ukraine conflict. (File)


The Philippines is seeking to purchase heavy-lift Chinook helicopters from the US, after scrapping a cope with Russia value $227.35 million in an effort to keep away from sanctions, Manila’s ambassador to Washington stated on Monday.

In June, days earlier than President Rodrigo Duterte ended his six-year time period, the Philippines scrapped a deal to purchase 16 Mi-17 Russian navy transport helicopters due to fears of US sanctions linked to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“This cancellation of this contract is precipitated mainly by the war in Ukraine. While there are sanctions expected to come our way, from the United States and western countries, obviously it is not in our interest to continue and pursue this contract,” ambassador Jose Manuel Romualdez advised journalists in a digital discussion board.

Moscow says it’s conducting a “special military operation” in Ukraine.

Romualdez stated the Chinooks would change present {hardware} used for the motion of troops and in catastrophe preparedness within the Southeast Asian nation.

America is prepared to strike a deal for the quantity the Philippines was set to spend on the Russian helicopters, Romualdez stated, including the cope with Washington will possible embrace upkeep, service and elements.

The Philippines is pursuing discussions with Russia to get well its $38 million down cost for the helicopters, the supply of which was supposed to start out in November subsequent yr, or 24 months after the contract was signed.

The Philippines is on the tail-end of a five-year, 300 billion-pesos modernisation of its outdated navy {hardware} that features warships from World Conflict 2 and helicopters utilized by the US within the Vietnam Conflict.

Other than navy offers, the Philippines, below new President Ferdinand Marcos Jr, additionally needs elevated financial exchanges with the US together with in fields of producing, digital infrastructure and clear power, together with modular nuclear energy, Romualdez stated.

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