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Russia will sell weapons as it can


Russia in the near future will not sign an international trade agreement weapons, although it may take effect this summer. About this "b" told two sources in the Russian government. According to them, the agreement approved by the UN General Assembly last year is “incomplete” and “inconsequential.” Experts consider such an opinion to be justified, but they warn that by refusing to sign the contract, Moscow may suffer image and financial losses.

According to two high-ranking sources of "Kommersant" in the government of the Russian Federation, Moscow has decided not to join the international arms trade treaty (ATT). “The principal decision on this matter has already been taken, the position has been formed: we will not sign in the foreseeable future,” one of the Kommersant’s sources explained. "This issue was discussed at several interdepartmental meetings during the year, including the Security Council of the Russian Federation, and as a result it was decided not to join the agreement," the second informed source told Kommersant.

The ATT, the first legally binding instrument establishing the rules of the arms market, was adopted by the UN General Assembly last year (see Kommersant on April 4 of 2013). Only North Korea, Iran and Syria opposed the adoption of this document. Russia, which ranks second (after the US) in arms exports, was among the 23 abstaining countries. The Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation told Kommersant at that time that Moscow would determine its position after “careful study of the document with the participation of specialists from different departments.”

The treaty will enter into force when ratified by 50 states. 32 countries have already done this (Japan’s 32 may become 10 in May). Of these, five countries are among the ten largest exporters of weapons according to the Stockholm Peace Research Institute - SIPRI (Germany, France, Great Britain, Spain and Italy).

It is expected that the contract will come into force this summer. It has not yet been ratified by all EU countries, and meanwhile the European Parliament recently recommended that all member states of the community accede to the document. In Brussels, it is believed that this is a matter of a few weeks. The EU legislature is convinced: "thanks to the ATT, weapons should cease to fall into the hands of terrorists and into unstable regions."

In Moscow, however, after a “thorough study,” they came to less rosy conclusions. The fact is that Russia initially demanded to toughen the provision on re-export of weapons, as well as to include in the treaty text a clause banning arms supplies to "unauthorized non-state actors", but its proposals did not pass.

As a result, the document restricts the legal sale of weapons to problem regimes (for example, violating human rights), but does not put barriers to arming the opposition fighting against the governments of their countries. According to the Kommersant interlocutors, experts from the relevant Russian departments considered that the agreement turned out to be “incomplete” and “inconsequential”.

Experts agree with the conclusions of the officials. “The contract turned out to be weak. In fact, this is a set of wishes that do not bind anyone to anything,” PIR Center expert Vadim Kozyulin explained to Kommersant. legislation on this issue. " According to the expert, the effect of the ATT will be manifested mainly in the field of transparency of the world arms trade.

Countries that accede to the treaty will be required to report annually on the supply of eight categories of weapons. MTTO regulates trade tanks, armored personnel carriers, artillery systems, fighters, helicopters, missiles and missile launchers, as well as small arms and light weapons. Until recently, less than 40% of states submitted information to the UN voluntary register of conventional weapons. The annual volume of world arms trade is estimated at $ 70 billion.

Meanwhile, according to Vadim Kozyulin, by refusing to sign the contract, Moscow may suffer image losses. “When the ATT comes into force and its secretariat starts publishing annual reports, Russia will most likely become a target for criticism because it doesn’t adhere to the agreement, does not provide data, but supplies weapons to countries like Syria and Iran,” explains the expert.

According to him, the matter may, however, not be limited to the image. The ATT has a clause providing for the possibility of making tougher amendments after six years, which can both deprive Russian producers of certain arms markets and limit the supply of arms by the parties to the treaty to Russia. "There is a risk that the ATT will eventually become an analogue of COCOM," the expert warns. The Export Control Coordinating Committee (COCOM) was established by Western countries in 1949 to limit the supply of "strategic" goods and technologies to the USSR and the countries supported by it (it was abolished in 1994).

However, one of the Kommersant interlocutors in the government of the Russian Federation does not exclude that Russia, in the event that the amendments “strongly affect” its interests, will nevertheless join the treaty. "But this is clearly not a question of the next few years," he says. And Vadim Kozyulin recalls that in addition to Russia, a number of key arms manufacturers (including China) and importers (including India and Saudi Arabia) have not signed the WTO. The United States signed the document last fall, but they are not in a hurry to ratify it.
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  1. fvandaku
    fvandaku 21 May 2014 19: 06
    Fears about financial losses are in vain. Our allies will buy our weapons even without "ballet" agreements.
    1. avg
      avg 21 May 2014 19: 29
      Let us be strong, no ATMs will harm us. We will be weak, and they will have it under the "agreement on the protection of fruit flies".
      1. mirag2
        mirag2 21 May 2014 19: 42
        Good evening! I want to share the joy (not in the subject, but it is very good news) -
        at last "echo" was actually accused of working for the State Department!
        URAAA! Lived! How long has it been waiting!
        Is it possible to plug the DIRTY fountain of the "free" (State Department) resource! fellow good good yes
        ps I draw this conclusion after the plot on NTV.
 21 May 2014 22: 38
          Yes, let them stink. From them we learn about the plans of the State Department.
      2. 1812 1945
        1812 1945 21 May 2014 22: 37
        Quote: avg
        Let us be strong, no ATMs will harm us. We will be weak, and they will have it under the "agreement on the protection of fruit flies".

        It is not otherwise! And now is the time to feel the power of the state, the army, every citizen in a righteous deed - the protection of the Russian World, the protection of Russian people in Ukraine and the elimination of the American presence. A contract concocted by the devil is only beneficial for him ...
    2. Sterlya
      Sterlya 21 May 2014 20: 47
      Her. no contracts concocted under the dictation of mattress covers are needed. I don’t know what losses are prophesying. but if we sign the losses will be accurate, and really large. I do not believe the West, and I do not advise you
    3. yushch
      yushch 22 May 2014 10: 23
      So the law in its essence is aimed at prohibiting the sale of "undemocratic regimes", and it is to them that we basically sell weapons. We don't have DUNIA-fools)), at least in the government.
  2. Thompson
    Thompson 21 May 2014 19: 08
    And again they want to impose something on us. It’s not for nothing that our people became thoughtful. We must already more firmly uphold our beliefs and interests, and not be limited to answers that are perceived as excuses or excuses.
    1. I do not care
      I do not care 21 May 2014 19: 15
      Much harder, it says "go forest" - you can sell to militants in Syria, but we do not have Assad, they will go in formation!
      1. werewolf
        werewolf 21 May 2014 23: 40
        them - you can not sell dill, but we can DNR! I correctly understood the essence of the law? (they used to be cruel about Kosovo like; "They don't want to live together, you can't force it" About Crimea and this is not the case! But what about the DPR?
  3. dr.star75
    dr.star75 21 May 2014 19: 08
    That's right, they showed them where the sleeve is sewn! Even without reading this agreement, we can say that it is harmful to us, but a plus to the west. Until now, wherever we enter, the economy will only go out!
    1. Barboskin
      Barboskin 21 May 2014 19: 24
      Well, and we say we do not introduce our sanctions in response. We just do everything modestly, in a word, culturally.
      1. 21 May 2014 20: 16
        Quote: Barboskin
        we all do modestly, in a word,PTA culturally.
  4. dmitrij.blyuz
    dmitrij.blyuz 21 May 2014 19: 08
    Come on! We’ll sell a couple of TOZ-16 to the same Argentina, well, we’ll take the denyushka, we’ll have to survive the howling from the Americans, And we’ll drive a couple of PM from the basement. wassat But seriously, whoever needs it, that is the reason for the EXPLOSIVE weapons.
  5. rugor
    rugor 21 May 2014 19: 08
    Normal alignment, bite yourself for an ass, partners!
  6. alex-cn
    alex-cn 21 May 2014 19: 10
    In my opinion, the next attempt by the United States to take control of everything that is possible and that is impossible is also.
    1. Boa kaa
      Boa kaa 21 May 2014 23: 01
      Quote: alex-cn
      In my opinion, the next attempt by the United States to take control of everything that is possible and that is impossible is also.

      Right It is to themselves that the USers shamelessly appropriated the right to determine who is right and who is to blame. Who is a democrat (Kiev junta), and who tramples on this same US-democracy (Crimeans and the DPR). So it turns out that we can only sell weapons to the junta ... Otherwise, we will get an international abstraction ...
  7. Bormental
    Bormental 21 May 2014 19: 17
    “Moscow may suffer image losses,” on the contrary, Russia is now positioning itself as an alternative center of power. So we must offer our own version of the contract, which is beneficial to us.
  8. silberwolf88
    silberwolf88 21 May 2014 19: 18
    The West always pushes treaties that are beneficial to it ... with the support of lured liberalists of all stripes.
    We need to continue to work on improving the text of the treaty ... and if we take into account the proposals of Russia, consider the possibility of ratifying it ... if possible by linking it with an identification system (marker additives) in the production of explosives.
  9. Giant thought
    Giant thought 21 May 2014 19: 19
    Signing this agreement is not profitable for Russia. So why then to sign it, we will not, and bribes are smooth.
  10. dmitrij.blyuz
    dmitrij.blyuz 21 May 2014 19: 22
    We trade. How pies fly!
    1. Basarev
      Basarev 21 May 2014 21: 33
      It would be better to produce their drones. Once overpowered Borey and S-400 - overpower and UAVs.
  11. Anrie
    Anrie 21 May 2014 19: 22
    Another trap for countries that do not recognize the general course of the United States. After all, what happens: "The US signed the document last autumn, but they are in no hurry to ratify it yet." This means they will not ratify it. This means that we, too, until they ratify it and think about signing it is simply harmful. Manipulating the fact that these countries are good - these are bad, these oppositionists are correct, and these scumbags are so simple - the ability to completely untie your hands in supplying weapons to anyone in the United States and completely put the supply of weapons from other countries under the control of the US administration. Those. The United States wins any war by proxy before even starting it.
  12. waisson
    waisson 21 May 2014 19: 26
    it's high time and then the Amer war industry gets stuck like this tank
  13. Cherdak
    Cherdak 21 May 2014 19: 28
    Quote: o
    "There is a risk that the ATT will eventually turn into an analogue of COCOM"

    And Russia will also elegantly circumvent such bans as the former USSR.
    Our people are knowingly "where there is no Fatherland and no patronymics either" choke on someone else's beer soldier
    1. 21 May 2014 20: 19
      Quote: Cherdak
      "where there is no Fatherland and no patronymics either"

      Will you be an Alexander Yakovlevich?
      1. Cherdak
        Cherdak 21 May 2014 22: 19
        It clings sometimes ...
        I want a faceted glass to squeeze with an elbow, oh

        1. not main
          not main 22 May 2014 01: 17
          Quote: Cherdak
          It clings sometimes ...
          I want a faceted glass to squeeze with an elbow, oh

          It is sentimental, but not meaningful! Especially about aunts and grouse, I’m not even talking about shooting between birches!
  14. Silkway0026
    Silkway0026 21 May 2014 19: 29
    It’s like a moratorium on the death penalty ... The United States screams the loudest, and sends them in batches to an electric chair.
    Haha, act on your own.
    1. 21 May 2014 20: 20
      Quote: Silkway0026
      Haha, act on your own.

      Who dares to object to you?
  15. Our hero
    Our hero 21 May 2014 19: 34
    I don’t understand why do we even need to sign something? Who needs that and so it will buy weapons from us without paying attention to the montage and babble of the Euroge ... oops, Europeans and others like them. And to everything else, I also do not understand why we need to make excuses to the UN and NATO for each sold PM. After all, this is laughter and nothing more. Well, if they do not respect themselves, then this is their problem, and we don’t need to ascribe to our circle.
  16. staryivoin
    staryivoin 21 May 2014 19: 47
    Quote: fvandaku
    Fears about financial losses are in vain. Our allies will buy our weapons even without "ballet" agreements.

    And what else can they hope for. The key phrase of the article is
    "Russia initially demanded to tighten the provision on the re-export of weapons, as well as to include in the text of the treaty a clause prohibiting the supply of weapons to" unauthorized non-state actors ", but its proposals were not passed."
    Hence it follows that mattress makers as "lawmakers" will again seek to restrict the open sale of weapons by RUSSIA. And at the same time they will supply both the "right" and the "wrong" with everything that can be sold on this large market through sham organizations.
    RUSSIA needs to continue selling what is being sold. At the same time, the prices of "RUSSIAN WEAPON" are somewhat lower than those of "mattress covers", and in terms of quality, again, sometimes we are not inferior and even surpass.
    In general, "mattress makers", as always, are trying to get the Russian Federation with the next hidden sanctions. And at the same time they feel that Russia is slowly moving closer and closer to the first places in the arms market. Let's see how they do it?
    There, by chance, the initiators of this law are not listed Mr. McCain obsessed with anger against Russian weapons? Add my drawing! soldier
    1. Escander_84
      Escander_84 21 May 2014 19: 57
      According to research by "independent" Western experts, American tanks are the most tank tanks in the world. Only they forgot to mention that the Amers even for the ancient but modified "Abrams" cost $ 6,5 million, and our T-90 is slightly more than $ 2,5 million. So I would like to look at a similar duEl, 1 in 3. I think the result is obvious.)
  17. Nikoha.2010
    Nikoha.2010 21 May 2014 19: 50
    Thanks to the author, and here is the question? And who and how would control the execution of the MTTO? USA. Among the signatories of this agreement (they’ll vryatli come into force by the ATT), they are infinitely selling weapons to everyone in a row ... Sell in one word. IMHO!
    Retreating a little from the topic, I add: The Kiev junta inflates itself with the order of armored personnel carriers for the National Guard. Terrorists want to provide themselves with weapons at the state level, and this despite the fact that the dill army from hunger to looting has come, where is it seen?
  18. staryivoin
    staryivoin 21 May 2014 19: 57
    Quote: rugor
    Normal alignment, bite yourself for an ass, partners!

    And especially in the light of the latest "cultural" tendencies, take a bite of these, well, like them, they are called differently everywhere in the Geyropi, somewhere "batteries", somewhere "balls". Well, we will say in a simple way, in ours, bite off your evil at the very "tomatoes".
  19. lotar
    lotar 21 May 2014 20: 02
    It seems to me that the Yankees want to crank out another fraud in managing cash flows when they decide who can be sold and who not. It is clear that our weapons systems cannot be sold to anyone, as we sell to countries involved in terrorism in one way or another and most importantly perceived by the Western community of states.
    1. the villain
      the villain 21 May 2014 23: 00
      Quote: lotar
      It seems to me that the Yankees want to crank out another fraud in managing cash flows when they decide who can be sold and who not.

      Well, they are great specialists in frauds, scams and other scammers. Let the lip-filling machines stock up.
  20. Mercenary
    Mercenary 21 May 2014 20: 03
    Everywhere we enter payments of millions, we pay, but what's the point? All overdeveloped (geyropa), etc., opening their mouth repeat that freezes syshya. Enough to listen to them, it’s time to do everything in your own way, but for our weapons it’s not a shame (+)
  21. sv68
    sv68 21 May 2014 20: 19
    don’t fig to sign all sorts of dumb papers and take on a bunch of promises at a time when many countries of the world just spit on such agreements because the arms trade was, is and will be a profitable business, and it does not matter who gets the weapon. And we are culturally so low. that's it, you can’t sign what others don’t even want to read
  22. northern
    northern 21 May 2014 20: 36
    There is a good tendency, the Russian Federation is becoming less and less drawn into dubious self-restrictions, and it is increasingly defending its interests in the world.
  23. polite people
    polite people 21 May 2014 20: 37
    Unlike others, we have where to make money.
    Well done president. soldier
  24. Nitarius
    Nitarius 21 May 2014 20: 48
    why and who in general is entitled to us WHAT TO FORCE!
    We are trying to drive us into the framework .....
  25. starhina01
    starhina01 21 May 2014 20: 54
    "Moscow may suffer image losses" - some kind of nonsense was invented, our weapons were sold with a bang without any advertisements and images, so they need to gain an image, not us. soldier so your clamp on us x .. do not need to drag yourself hi
  26. Vadim12
    Vadim12 21 May 2014 20: 55
    Weapons, with or without a treaty, have and will continue to fall into the hands of terrorists. They support terrorists specifically from the United States in Syria at the moment. Europe, puppet idiots, who only said "civilized Europe"?
  27. Gorbtk
    Gorbtk 21 May 2014 23: 34
    As the saying goes, "Has the bathhouse failed?"
    We produce - yes, We sell - yes? sometimes beneficial, sometimes not very, but in the end, yes.
    They make us bend and .... but we need it. It turns out their money does not smell (they spank themselves), and you live Russian according to OUR rules, like or dislike ...
  28. the villain
    the villain 21 May 2014 23: 42
    Our answer to the enemies, not all the same, Ivanushka is fooling around.
  29. Boa kaa
    Boa kaa 22 May 2014 00: 23
    There is a clause in the ATT that provides for the possibility of making tougher amendments to it in six years, which could deprive Russian manufacturers of certain arms markets and limit the supply of arms from the parties to the treaty to Russia.
    That says it all. The main goal of the United States and K * is to harm Russia and its allies, all who are fighting for their independence, against the Yuserovsky dictate.
  30. VNP1958PVN
    VNP1958PVN 22 May 2014 03: 01
    For some reason, it seems that all the agreements were invented in order to slowly block oxygen in Russia in one sphere or another.