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Philippines cancels deal with Russia to buy military helicopters

Due to worsening US-Russian relations, Delfin Lorenzana noted that the Philippines “could face sanctions” if it proceeded with the deal.

The Philippines government has cancelled a deal with Russia to buy 16 military transport helicopters due to fears of possible sanctions from the United States, Philippine officials revealed Wednesday to the Associated Press (AP) news agency.

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Former Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana revealed Tuesday night that he canceled the 12.7 billion peso (about 227 million euros) deal to purchase the Mi-17 helicopters, a decision made last month and approved by then-President Rodrigo Duterte before these rulers’ terms ended on June 30.

“We could face sanctions,” Delfin Lorenzana explained to the AP, describing that Washington could express its displeasure if the Philippines proceeded with the deal due to worsening US-Russian relations.

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