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Taken Questions
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
July 22, 2004
Question Taken at July 22, 2004 Daily Press Briefing

Sudan: Russian Arms Sales to Sudan (Taken Question)

Question:   What is the U.S. Government’s reaction to Russian press and television reports that the Russian military aircraft builder RSK-MiG contracted to sell Sudan 12 MiG-29 FULCRUM fighter aircraft, and that deliveries have commenced?

Answer:   The United States would view this with grave concern, were the reports to be confirmed.

The United States opposes all arms transfers to Sudan, which is a state sponsor of terrorism. Any transfer of lethal military equipment to state sponsors of terrorism is sanctionable under U.S. laws.

In addition to U.S. law regarding lethal military equipment transfers to state sponsors of terrorism, the current crisis in Darfur, particularly the continuing violence, is cause for strong opposition to any transfers to Sudan.

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Released on July 22, 2004

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