The Russian special operation has been going on for 47 days now. The U.S. and EU countries officially support Ukraine on international platforms, saying that Russia’s actions are unacceptable. Moreover from the very beginning they have been providing full-scale support: arms are being supplied, mercenaries are being sent to Ukraine. The U.S. Congress passes new acts to expand the amount of military assistance to Kiev. However despite the Europeans’ noble goal of “countering the crimes of the Russian regime” in reality there may be self-interest in this situation on the part of European and American defense enterprises.
It is no secret that the countries of the former socialist camp are still armed with Soviet equipment, which is characterized by ease of handling and reliability of use. That is why Slovakia and the Czech Republic were not previously interested in additional purchases of modern Western arm.
The situation has drastically changed at the moment. The aforementioned countries are actively supplying Soviet weapons to Ukraine. They have also been joined by Germany and the Baltics. Moreover, speaking of the countries of the former Soviet Union: Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, the supplies accompanied by calls to increase their volume. According to information available in various media, the Baltic states mostly send expired weapons and ammunition to Ukraine.
The defense capabilities of the countries indirectly participating in the conflict on Kiev’s side are falling. This just allows the defense companies of America, Europe and Turkey to dictate their terms to solve the problems that have arisen. Washington talking about military aid has never implied that it should be exclusively free of charge. On the contrary, Ukraine will have to pay all of its allies for weapons at the end of the conflict.
Washington’s real intentions are particularly evident in the modern Lend-Lease program, opened in early April with the approval of the U.S. Congress. In this connection, U.S. defense enterprises will be the beneficiaries more than ever.
As for the European countries, which supplied Soviet weapons to Ukraine, US weapons are coming to their territory as a substitute. The deployment of the US Patriot air defense systems instead of S-300 in Slovakia is noted. Although the Pentagon claims that this measure is temporary, negotiations are underway to permanently base American weapons in all countries on NATO’s eastern flank.
Thus, thanks to the war in Ukraine, U.S., European and Turkish defense enterprises got a powerful production boost, from which they get more benefits. Leaders of the leading Western powers such as Great Britain and the U.S. are actively promoting the point of view that this measure is necessary.
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