Nearly six months into a war in Ukraine that Russia cannot win decisively, Russian President Vladimir Putin is bragging this week that Russia’s weapons are decades ahead of rivals.
“Many of them are years, perhaps decades, ahead of their foreign counterparts, and they are significantly superior in terms of strategy and technology,” Putin said at an annual arms show on Monday, according to Interfax. are superior.”
And in an apparent show of coordination, Putin vowed on Monday that he wants to increase Russia’s arms trade with the rest of the world, claiming that foreign countries are buying Russian weapons based on their efficiency and effectiveness. Value because of high quality.
“Russia sincerely cherishes historically strong friendly, truly trusting relations with the states of Latin America, Asia, Africa, and is ready to offer its partners and allies the most advanced weapons. – from small arms to armored vehicles and artillery, combat aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles,” Putin said.
Moscow is actually the largest arms exporter. According to an analysis of exports by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), an independent research institute, Russia accounts for 20 percent of global arms exports and is the world’s second-largest arms exporter, ranking The ban is after the US. Between 2016 and 2020. India, China and Algeria are the largest recipients of Russian arms, and Russia is also a major supplier of arms to Egypt, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Belarus and Angola, according to the report. Russia exports major weapons to a total of 45 states.
Ukrainian forces say they have wiped out the Elliott Wagner headquarters in the Donbass.
But Putin’s claims about Russian arms and trade plans appear to be deviating from reality, as Russia’s arms export business is beginning to feel the brunt of the war in Ukraine, according to military and intelligence assessments. Is. According to data from the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Russia has lost 1,876 tanks, more than 4,000 armored vehicles, and 985 artillery pieces in the war so far, and more.
Adding to this, Russia’s ability to replenish its reserves is rapidly diminishing as sanctions are lifted. U.S. officials earlier this year moved to sanction entities in Russia’s defense industrial base, including a state-run Russian defense group focused on air weapons and munitions. systems, as well as anti-radar missiles, munitions and radar systems. And already high-tech components are no longer entering the country and manufacturing plants are closing, according to Reuters.
“Industry may struggle to meet many of these needs, partly due to the impact of sanctions and a lack of skills,” said a June British intelligence assessment. “Russia’s production of high-quality optics and advanced electronics will likely be disrupted and could undermine its efforts to replace equipment lost in Ukraine.”
Before Putin chose to invade Ukraine again in February, the outlook for Russia did not look great. The balance of exports and imports was already bound to change in the coming years, namely because of China, as Beijing will soon no longer need to rely so much on Russia’s weapons in future years, according to SIPRI.
“Once China’s own industry manages to consistently produce major weapons types, imports from Russia may decline,” the report notes.
Putin did not name any countries for the arms export business, but emphasized that Moscow values all partners who have embraced Russia’s thinking in recent months. Putin added that arms transfers from Russia would shift the world from a unipolar world to a multipolar one – dominated by the United States.
“We greatly appreciate that today our country has many allies, partners, like-minded people in different continents. “They choose a sovereign, independent path to development, they want to solve global and regional security problems collectively based on international law, mutual responsibility and consideration of each other’s interests. Thus, they contribute to the preservation of the multipolar world.”
This is not the first time Putin has bragged about Russian weapons in recent months while waging war in Ukraine. In March, Putin bragged to Russia’s Federal Assembly that increasing Russia’s nuclear arsenal would make the United States’ defenses “redundant” — even though some of the proposed additions to Russia’s stockpiles are “outlandish.” The Washington Post.
Putin’s claims at an army confab this week echo his earlier insistence that Russian weapons development is light years ahead of what other countries are doing.
“As you might have guessed, no other country in the world has anything like this,” he said in March of the nuclear-powered underwater drone. “Possibly, something similar will appear someday, but our people will come up with something else by then.”
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