Obama brushes off Congress on Russian helicopters for Afghan military

WASHINGTON — The administration of President Barack Obama has
dismissed congressional objections to purchase military helicopters from Russia.

The Defense Department said it would proceed with the procurement of Mi-17 utility helicopters from Russia. The Pentagon said the helicopters would be transferred to the Afghanistan military.

“The Department of Defense has notified Congress of its intent to
contract with Rosoboronexport for 30 additional Mi-17 rotary-wing aircraft to support the Afghanistan National Security Forces Special Mission Wing,” Pentagon spokesman James Gregory said.

In a statement to Russia’s told RIA Novosti news agency, Gregory said the U.S. purchase would continue despite an amendment to the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. The amendment bans contracts between Washington and Rosoboronexport amid Russia’s massive military help to the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Full article: Obama brushes off Congress on Russian helicopters for Afghan military (World Tribune)

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