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Philippines Scraps Russian Helicopter Deal | gadgetfee

(Reuters) -The Philippines has scrapped a deal to purchase 16 Russian navy transport helicopters due to fears of U.S. sanctions, the Related Press reported on Wednesday, citing Philippine officers.

A former Philippine defence secretary, Delfin Lorenzana, mentioned late on Tuesday the 12.7 billion peso ($227 million) deal to amass the Mi-17 helicopters had been cancelled. The choice to purchase the helicopters was authorised final month by former President Rodrigo Duterte, earlier than their phrases in workplace ended on June 30, the information company reported. (https://bit.ly/3cMRpzX)

“We may face sanctions,” the information company quoted Lorenzana as saying in an interview.

Philippine authorities officers weren’t instantly obtainable for remark.

U.S. safety officers had been conscious of the choice and will provide related heavy-lift helicopters for the Philippine navy, Lorenzana mentioned.

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(Reporting by Akriti Sharma in Bengaluru; Modifying by Robert Birsel)

Copyright 2022 Thomson Reuters.

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