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Why Russia stopped selling S-400 air defense systems: questions from the Chinese press


The foreign press wonders what caused the termination of the supply of S-400 anti-aircraft systems to China. The opinion is expressed that the pause in the sale of these combat systems is a prologue to a strategic choice that Moscow will sooner or later have to make.

For the first time, information about the curtailment of supplies was announced by the Chinese media Sohu and UAWire. According to the sources of these publications, the first S-400 air defense systems were transferred to the PRC back in 2018, but at present the supply of components necessary for the development of the Chinese air defense system has been temporarily postponed. At the same time, it is not known when the Kremlin "will restore the normal transfer of this type of weapons." Especially if we approach export from the Russian Federation on a larger scale, namely, take into account the triangle of relations between India, China and Russia.

Remarkably, it was the Indian media that picked up this topic, linking it to the possible cooling of relations between Moscow and Beijing amid scandals with spies working for the Celestial Empire.

Hence, the question becomes rational: who promises Moscow more in trade? weapons - India or China?

- writes in this regard the Polish edition of Defense24.

However, as indicated by Defense24, the pause in the supply of the S-400 may be caused by a pandemic raging in the world:

The deployment of S-400 systems requires the movement of large groups of personnel and equipment, which provokes the risk of spreading infection.
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  1. Ross xnumx
    Ross xnumx 28 July 2020 03: 55
    However, as indicated by Defense24, the pause in the supply of the S-400 may be caused by a pandemic raging in the world:

    Pancake! You knew!
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    2. Lexus
      Lexus 28 July 2020 13: 52
      hi The Chinese got what they needed. They can simply "throw" it, as has already happened, for example, with the contract for the "kits" of the Su-27SK. For them, there are no difficulties in this - "they've got their hand full."
  2. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 28 July 2020 03: 56
    a pause in the supply of the S-400 can be caused by a pandemic raging in the world
    That's where we would start. And then various conspiracy theories began to be voiced, which India really liked. They have not yet suggested that it was the Americans who had banned the supply to China. It is from such seemingly small and insignificant articles that major scandals arise.
    1. Ross xnumx
      Ross xnumx 28 July 2020 06: 53
      Quote: rotmistr60
      That's where we would start.

      Why start there? Just look at the statistics of the spread of diseases in the regions producing S-400: Nizhny Novgorod and Kirov regions. The indicators are alarming, especially in Nizhny. That is why the possible quarantine measures taken affected the production results. Even throughout Russia, there was a decline in both the economy and production ...
      Let's hope this is all temporary ...
      1. gemini
        gemini 3 August 2020 18: 58
        Why are you lying blatantly about the pandemic. It is not. From the word at all.
  3. Gloomy skeptic
    Gloomy skeptic 28 July 2020 04: 19
    writes in this regard the Polish edition of Defense24.

    And what a hell of a deal for a Polish newspaper about Russian supplies? Well, the impression is that the Russian side is direct "must" ask any political misunderstandings to whom and what to sell ??? The classic was right in his immortal work about the passport:
    Looks at Polish like a goat on a poster
    In the dumb police elephantiasis:
    Where they say and what is this
    Geographic news!
    1. PalBor
      PalBor 28 July 2020 12: 51
      Yes, and the UAWire site is hardly Chinese, but sticking their noses into our affairs is more understandable: "What do the Russians have? Peremoga or zrada?"
  4. codetalker
    codetalker 28 July 2020 04: 30
    It is good for Russia to sell arms to both India and China. And they themselves are no worse off. In this case, Russia automatically becomes a mediator in their disputes. And Russia is a good mediator.
    1. Vita vko
      Vita vko 28 July 2020 05: 40
      Quote: codetalker
      It is good for Russia to sell arms to both India and China.

      Russia will not be able to satisfy all of China's needs for long-range air defense systems. To do this, they have their own good defense industry, scientific potential and an extremely low level of corruption. To unleash this potential, it is enough to make a small push by installing a small number of high-tech systems only so that the Chinese specialists would understand where to move.
      On the other hand, India, where no matter how much you supply high-tech weapons, corruption and foreign agents of influence will still plunder and plunder everything. Because of this, it is much more profitable to trade arms and nuclear energy technologies with India. All the same, the Western standards of education applied there and the aspirations of Indian clans for unbridled enrichment will not allow the creation of at least some more or less large and long-term military-technological and scientific projects. The relatively successful Russian-Indian development of the BrahMos missile and the absolutely disastrous joint project of the 5th generation FGFA aircraft are a clear confirmation of this.
      1. Vladimir16
        Vladimir16 28 July 2020 06: 40
        Quote: Vita VKO
        and extremely low levels of corruption.

        You fell off the moon? laughing

        They steal, my friend, they steal as elsewhere.
      2. KCA
        KCA 28 July 2020 07: 25
        The Russian-Indian Onyx clone is relatively successful about what? Name a RCC that is at least a little close in characteristics, please
  5. Alien From
    Alien From 28 July 2020 04: 33
    Why, why .... the Chinese have the enemies themselves above the roof ... and the dog is with them!
  6. Reserve buildbat
    Reserve buildbat 28 July 2020 06: 28
    The Chinese shout that they have created their own air defense systems, cheaper and more powerful than the S-400, but are outraged that supplies from Russia have been stopped.
    L - Logic!
  7. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 28 July 2020 06: 54
    Another "outburst" of deep Chinese thought. We can supply air defense systems to everyone - the main thing is to pay on time wassat and did not try to copy or dig deeper into the "brains" of the complex ...
  8. LMN
    LMN 28 July 2020 07: 17
    Russia is in a position to turn half the globe into rubbish.
    Perhaps because the Russian Federation has something new for sale ...
    1. Senka naughty
      Senka naughty 28 July 2020 07: 38
      there is nothing, everyone left to work in prosperous countries
      1. LMN
        LMN 28 July 2020 07: 46
        Quote: Senka Naughty
        there is nothing, everyone left to work in prosperous countries

        ..type for Russia))
  9. Senka naughty
    Senka naughty 28 July 2020 07: 36
    If it weren't for corona and viruses, every fool in the yard had an S-400, and maybe a S-500, but this is no longer a fact ..
  10. Jurkovs
    Jurkovs 28 July 2020 07: 59
    Leave me alone. We need it ourselves.
  11. Armored optimist
    Armored optimist 28 July 2020 08: 57
    Was there a pause at all? I did not follow the topic, but in my opinion, China itself did not want to continue purchasing, saying that they made (cut) something better.
  12. igorra
    igorra 29 July 2020 05: 08
    The most important thing is to get the Anglo-Saxons first. China will wait and it will be its turn. We plan to kill such hegemons.
  13. Federal1
    Federal1 29 July 2020 10: 33
    Another fake, what does it have to do with a pandemic which is not a pandemic in fact. In fact, it does not manifest itself on healthy people, but hits the elderly, diabetics, and so on. and C -400. Moreover, no one will cut production at the new plants in Nizhny and Kirovsk. Bidding is underway and China is now clearly toxic.
  14. Anchonsha
    Anchonsha 29 July 2020 12: 37
    Oh, how do journalists just make money for nothing, putting forward any versions on any issues and, especially when it is necessary to quarrel or shed even a shadow of doubt in relations between Russia and any other country that is not part of the collective West.
  15. Cer59
    Cer59 29 July 2020 16: 34
    and what's next, just reprinted? don't litter.