Russian Embassy slams report attempting to ‘disrupt’ RPG launchers deal with PHL

The Russian Embassy in the Philippines slammed Reuters for allegedly attempting to disrupt the rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launchers deal between the Philippines and Russia.

“So called report on the [Russian] grenade launchers deal with the [Philippines] is nothing more than a shameful attempt by Reuters World western media to disrupt the agreement, pressure the Philippines in changing their independent decision, undermining [Russia-Philippines cooperation] and recent Russia-US improvement of relations reached in Helsinki,” the Russian Embassy said in statement released July 20.

It added that many countries have successfully cooperated with Rosoboronexport with no harm to their alliances.

“In 2017 Russia had signed contracts for more that $16 bln for export of its arms and military equipment, including with such new partners as Saudi Arabia, UAE, Turkey (participant of NATO), Qatar and Bahrein,” the embassy said.

It noted that no country has dissolved any deal with Russia.

Reuters, on July 18, reported that the Philippines-Russia arms deal could breach United States sanctions against Russian intelligence and defense firms through Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions (CAATSA) Act of 2017.

According to Russian Ministry of Defence, National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Director General of JSC Rosoboronexport Alexander Mikheev signed the deal for supply and delivery of RPG-7V grenade launchers and ammunition in October 2017 at the sidelines of 4th ASEAN Defence Ministers-Plus Meeting in in Clark, Pampanga.