China will pay Crimea the balance $14 million for the purchase of Zubr-class air-cushioned landing craft from Crimea's Feodosia Shipbuilding Company and Fiolent plant instead of Ukraine.
In 2009, China had signed a contract worth $315 million for purchase of landing craft from Ukraine. Under the contract, Feodosia Shipbuilding Company and Fiolent Plant were responsible for building two of the craft while the remaining vessels would be built in China.
The first landing craft built in Ukraine was delivered to China in April 2013. But after Crimea joined Russia, the latter demanded China pay remaining $14 million to the two shipbuilding companies in Crimea instead of Ukraine, according to Kanwa Defense Review.
Beijing decided to side with Russia by renewing the contract, according to the report.
"China stands ready to repay the debt to Crimea's Morye Shipyards for the second hovercraft," said Andrei Skrynnik, the Russian-controlled Crimean industry minister, was quoted as saying by the Washington Post on November 24, 2014.
Both nations agreed to scrap the original plan of building two remaining Zubr-class vessels in China. Instead, China has ordered the construction of advanced surface warships for the PLA Navy at shipyards in Russian-controlled Crimea, but at a higher price.
Russia's acquiring of Crimea indicated that China will no longer need assistance from Ukraine. Since the landing craft are crucial to China's island military strategies in both the East and South China seas, China must negotiate with Russia instead of Ukraine regarding the sale of the vessels, the report added.
The French-Russian mistral helicopter deal has been embroiled in controversy over the last few months over Moscows involvement in the Ukraine crisis. The deal, since it was signed in 2010, has drawn fire from the United States and its NATO allies from Eastern Europe
Eastern European nations such as Romania, Poland and Bulgaria have increased arms imports, mostly from the US to counter possible Russian aggression. The Ukraine crisis has left Russias neighbors vulnerable and have all announced plans to buy aircraft, electronic warfare systems and missiles from Western countries
Sevasapols Dnepr, a Crimean radar station used by the Ukrainian Army is all set to be refitted with modern equipment and will be ready for use in 2016, Itar-Tass reported today. “We have already started equipping this facility with new testing and measurement systems for spacecraft control and systems for controlling space,” Alexander Golovko, Commander of the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces was quoted as saying
A total of 13 Crimean-based Ukrainian defense enterprises manufacturing a variety of hardware including the Odessa Aviation Plant and a Joint Stock Company (JSC) Motor Sich will be taken over by Russia. Following the merger of Crimea with Russia the latter plans to infuse capital and technology to modernize the plants, Russian and Ukrainian sources told Defenseworld
China has claimed that its growing military spending is way less than that of US, UK and Japan in terms of per capita expenditure. Refuting the annual military balance report by UK based International Institute For Strategic studies that accused Beijing of lack of transparency in its military spending, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Hua Chunying said
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