Belarus buys 8 Su-30SM fighter jets from Russia

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MOSCOW, (BM) – Minsk will have to pay approximately $ 400 million to Moscow to acquire eight different 4th generation Su-30SM fighters. Sources of the Russian news agency Aviapro claim that the deal is already finalized.

Russian Su-30 | Photo credit: Wikipedia

We remind you that Belarus currently has four fighters of the same model. The deal between Russia and Belarus over the four fighters then sparked serious public controversy and scandal. Some sources claimed that Belarus had paid too much money for the fighters. With the purchase of the eight new fighters, Minsk will already have 12 Su-30MS.

So far, there is no official comment from the Russian or Belarusian side. We remind you that Belarus is rocked by mass protests over dictatorial rule and unfair elections in the country, and the deteriorating daily economic situation and standard of living.

S-400 and Putin’s interests

Russia wants to deploy S-400 air defense systems in Belarus. It is not a question of renting or “protection of fraternal territory” but a direct purchase from Minsk. This information comes from the Russian magazine National Defense and the Russian news agency Aviapro.

According to the articles’ authors, Moscow wants Minsk to pay between $ 1.6 billion and $ 2 billion to buy the necessary batteries. The problem is that Belarus cannot provide these funds. The authors suggest that Moscow is ready to barter, despite the risks.

Igor Korotchenko, editor-in-chief of the National Defense, writes that such conditions suggest that the Belarusian arms industry will work for free for years for the Russian Federation. If Russia and Belarus agree, Korotchenko reports, Minsk will supply Moscow with free armored vehicles, wheeled combat vehicles, and other weapons.

Korotchenko also says that such a swap without partial payment from Belarus is very difficult, even impossible. The problem is that Belarus has imposed dozens of sanctions, and it is not clear how many of the companies will continue to operate and for how long. Therefore, the author suggests that Russia may ask Minsk to pay part of the deal.

“Belarus has recently made accusations against Russia. It is tough and almost impossible for Vladimir Putin to sign a deal for 100% barter in such a situation. He will most likely ask for part of the amount paid in advance,” Korotchenko said in a comment.


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