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Media identifies major beneficiary of Ukraine crisis

RT | November 5, 2022

Yahoo News has identified a major beneficiary of the Russia-Ukraine slugfest: the US military industrial complex, which is reaping a windfall even as the bloody conflict causes economic havoc, energy shortages and a looming food crisis around the world.

As the media outlet reported on Saturday, EU nations have committed to about $230 billion in new weapons purchases since the Russian military offensive against Kiev started in February. US defense contractors are poised to land the lion’s share of those orders, given their dominance as suppliers to European militaries, Yahoo added.

Many European nations turn to US arms makers for more than half of all their weapons purchases. Yahoo cited data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) to show examples of US dominance in European arsenals. For instance, US-made arms accounted for 95% of the weapons purchases by the Netherlands from 2017 to 2021. The ratios were 83% US weaponry for Norway, 77% for the UK, and 72% for Italy.

European weapons imports jumped 19% during the five-year period as then-President Donald Trump prodded his NATO allies to meet their obligations for defense spending. The Ukraine crisis is set to create an even bigger windfall, as President Joe Biden leads an international campaign to flood Ukraine with weapons and the conflict triggers accelerated steps by European nations to bolster their own defenses.

“This is certainly the biggest increase in defense spending in Europe since the end of the Cold War,” Ian Bond, director of foreign policy at the Center for European Reform, told Yahoo. The crisis in Eastern Europe dispelled the notion that war on the continent is no longer possible, he added. “They’re waking up to the fact that not only is it very possible, but it is happening, and it’s happening not that many miles away from them.”

Since Biden took office in January 2021, European countries entered at least the initial stage of negotiations for $33 billion in arms purchases, including $21 billion since February, Yahoo said, citing figures from the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft.

US defense contractors will also benefit from Washington’s massive military aid to Kiev, as the Pentagon races to replenish stocks of artillery pieces, rocket launchers and other weapons. Biden has set aside more than $65 billion in military and economic aid for Ukraine since the conflict began.

Russia has warned that the influx of Western weapons will prolong the crisis while making the US and other NATO members de facto participants.

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9 Comments »

  1. Jesus. $230,000,000,000. Jesus.

    What would The Prince of Peace say?

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    Comment by roberthstiver | November 6, 2022 | Reply

    • I don’t think there is a “Prince of Peace” in the USA.

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      Comment by brianharryaustralia | November 6, 2022 | Reply

  2. “Biden has set aside more than $65 billion in military and economic aid for Ukraine since the conflict began.”

    Staggering. The mind reels. The benefit here, is to Wall Street and the munition, the armament corporations.

    Somehow, that the worst President ever, this Joe “I’m a Zionist” Biden can give the American’s taxpayer’s money to wage an undeclared war is… traitorous. He’ a traitor to America, a sort of betrayal. Did the American public, the American people vote this? Did they choose to have this Biden give that money to another country? Likewise, did the American people vote to give the foreign aid to Israel as he continues to do so? How is the Ukraine an ally? How is Israel an ally? The latter has done so much destruction to the non-jewish ‘citizens’ that it really amounts to a genocide. As to the Ukraine, its president, of an obscene background, is likewise leading American involvement into a war, as is Israel. How can America align itself with a genocidal, apartheid state, and now, an ex post facto partnership in a war. And, the background of the Jake Sullivan, shows him to be part of the jewish wars affiliate and to see his handshaking ‘friendship’ with Zelenskyy is an outward display of the treachery taking place. Biden is no more than a Chabez goi, who by now has brought into the plan to make of the Ukraine another Israel or at least connected to Israel.

    America, you are betrayed. You are a Zionist Conquered Country, a ZCC, and now, with the profiteering of American military contracting companies, conquered by the Ukraine and its lobby. Your ruination deepens…

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    Comment by michael | November 6, 2022 | Reply

    • And yet we have idiots foaming at the mouth to kill innocent animals that have no way to fight back. Talk about absolute insanity. These reprobates will never give up their 2d Amend. which has been stretched beyond any kind of Constitutional frayed out law to DEFEND yourself. Americans have turned into ungodly killing machines that have no respect for life whether flora, fauna or human being. They can’t even watch out for animals crossing the too many roads and just run over them. The US is as lawless and Godless as it can possibly be defined…and it’s not just the powers that be…it’s the everyday bottomless pit of greed in every heart and soul that takes any law, blows it out of proportion and oppresses anything and everything that lives. Police, soldier, neighbor, student, dad et al is responsible for all of this too…or we wouldn’t have this abomination as a nation. The so-called police have become our worse nightmare, I turn away from them in disgust. Honor, truthfulness, good and respect has been erased from the dictionary, the law and every day life. No one loves peace because of selfish agendas and dishonest gain. And please don’t touch their individual kingdoms. My country is an absolute disgrace. Why is Mr. Putin winning? Because he has integrity and honesty to begin with. United States of Liars Thieves and Selfish Greed. A curse does not come without a cause in that we have become the world’s hated morally, consciously and trustworthly. Their guns rule even at the hour of famine and death because they just don’t get the fact that WAR IS NOT OK.

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      Comment by Sparrow | November 6, 2022 | Reply

    • Bring it on (the ruination). The world will be the better without the ZCC and the demented ideology to which it pays unending, unlimited tribute. (But how many will die and be in misery in the interim? Perhaps then — no assurance — Russia and China and Iran will pick up the pieces. I wish now that I had learned Chinese Mandarin rather than the smattering of conversational Japanese I possess….)

      By the bye, need I mention Satanyahu? The best hope is that his next-approaching reign of terror will facilitate and hasten the ruination. Faster, please.

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      Comment by roberthstiver | November 6, 2022 | Reply

      • With what ever we believe…there are some who believe Trump et al will be the image of the anti Christ (false Light) forgetting his dirty laundry list. And it looks like it’s being ‘driven’ into that phase. For sure Bible prophecy IS true as the beast and it’s system is rising. I agree with you Robert as I do not have the slightest love for my life to live with this hell or after. Trump will be this so-called fake Light that will be overwhelmingly voted for. He is a vehemently israel firster (as is anyone who works in government leadership via signing an oath to israel) even going so far as to move US Embassy to Jerusalem. He assassinated Iranian General Qassem Soleimani who was fighting US/israili made ISIS…a genuine man of peace (rip). The list is long to include the proVax Fauci demon that should be hanging from the gallows. If I say anything it’s ‘get right with God’ as a tsunami of the evil one is coming to take away the living. In fact it’s already here and in place.

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        Comment by Sparrow | November 6, 2022 | Reply

        • It’s the Benjamins, Baby … whether it’s Zionism, Big Pharma, Mega Corporatism, MIC, MSM, the Gun Lobby freaks who have 400,000,000 guns in private circulation in the ZCC….

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          Comment by roberthstiver | November 6, 2022 | Reply

          • Here is Dane Wigington describing the real tragedy. Geoengineering is killing the planet. Dane has been reporting on this for years. His latest update is our terrible reality.

            Like

            Comment by Sparrow | November 6, 2022 | Reply

  3. “EU nations have committed to about $230 billion in new weapons purchases since the Russian military offensive against Kiev started in February. US defense contractors are poised to land the lion’s share of those orders, given their dominance as suppliers to European militaries, Yahoo added”.

    From the other side of the Planet, is the American National Debt even being discussed? The last time I looked, the National Debt of the USA was $30,000,000,000,000+, that’s 30+ trillion dollars and flying higher every second. And there doesn’t appear to even be a discussion about reducing it.
    And, of course, the American TAX PAYERS are footing the Bill while America’s Tax Evaders accrue a massive surplus.
    Is ANYONE in the USA accountable for this humungous DEBT?

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | November 6, 2022 | Reply


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