Philippines Cancels Russia Helicopter Deal Over US Sanctions

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The Philippines has scrapped an order for 16 Russian military helicopters due to US sanctions on Moscow.

Recall that Manila, a longtime Washington ally had agreed in November to pay 12.7 billion pesos for the Mi-17 helicopters, as it seeks to modernize its military hardware. The United States and its allies imposed wide-ranging sanctions on Moscow in the wake of its assault on Ukraine in February. They are aimed at cutting off Russia from the global financial system and choking off funds available to Moscow to finance the war.

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Philippine ambassador to Washington Jose Romualdez recently told newsmen that the decision to cancel was triggered by the Ukrainian war. Romualdez said Manila was also wary of falling foul of a US law passed in 2017 that sanctions anyone doing business with Russia’s intelligence or defense sectors.