March 3rd, 2012
06:05 PM ET

Should U.S. cut ties to Russian companies selling arms to Syria?

CNN's Barbara Starr investigates why a Russian company that sells arms to Syria also receives hundreds of millions of dollars from a U.S. military contract? Should the U.S. be continuing to pay Russian defense companies that are party to supplying Syria with arms? 


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  1. Hamid

    Hi dear readers. I want to say that now a days most wealthy countries put poor and developing countries in to adversities and they enjoy seeing such situation. One the biggest aims of these wealthy nations is to sell their arms and find good marketing for their arms. They are not working for the benefits of these poor countries. I should that USA and Russia are the key responsible of conflicts in Syria and apparently they are having a kind of cold war, but in fact, behind the scene they close allies of each other.
    Thanks, Hamid Habibi from Herat Afghanistan

    October 15, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Reply
  2. kando

    If everything was black and white then we should cut all ties with ourselves for giving arms to middle eastern countries that helped the taliban rise.......Nomatter how you look at it one way or another syria is gonna get their weapons, if not through us then through russia companies, if not through them then through whoever will provide.

    March 5, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Reply
  3. Jerome Badon

    We shouldn't cut our relationship with Russia, but we should stop all contracts which provides instruments, such as guns to kill and destroy.

    March 4, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Reply
    • Jonathan Pollard zionist born American Traitor Learned it ALL from Obama

      We should sever ties with israel. isarel is NOT our friends

      israel is our enemy!

      March 5, 2012 at 7:09 am | Reply
      • Dave

        Dude, you're not even American.

        March 5, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
      • Ivan

        @ Dave

        But he has a very good point.

        March 5, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
      • Charlie


        You might qualify your comment by stating YOU think he has a very good point.

        March 5, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  4. AlexShch

    The problem with posing the question this way is that there is basically nothing to cut: NOBODY in Russia will notice anything after US will impose another set of santions against Russia.

    Besides what? Sen. Jackson is long dead right now. Sen, Vanik is also dead. However their, Jackson-Vanik iAct of 1974 s alive and well. Traditionally, during the last 15 years every US president or vice-president visiting Russia, incl. Pres. Clinton, vice-Pres Gore, Pres. George W. Bush, Pres. Obama, and vice-Pres. Biden made speeches promising to abolish Jackson-Vanik Act. Yes, just the next day after they return to the United States, they are going to address the Congress... Of course, nothing has beed done, so these hollow promises became a joke in Russia. Nobody cares any more: people got used to it.

    It has to be realized that approximately 2/3 of the land area of the Planet is covered by United States imposed sanctions of some kind. Nobody cares any more.

    Finally, thank you, President Obama, for imposing oil embargo against Iran. IT WORKS!!! American people feel the pain every time while paying $4.39/gallon.

    March 4, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Reply
    • Brandon

      AlexShch: The oil embargo againt iran is not what is raising gas prices; however, the fear of a conflict with iran causing a disruption in gulf oil is. The sanctions against Iran are trying to prevent that conflict. Secondly the United States gets a relatively small percentage of oil from the persian gulf and none of that percentage is from Iran. Lastly i'm confused when you say Americans are paying the price by paying 4.39 a gallon at the pump. The national average is about 3.76 a gallon. Are you referring to the national high in Hawaii of 4.38 a gallon? Because if that's the case you shouldn't be using it as a price that the whole American people are paying.

      March 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Reply
      • AlexShch

        $4.39 is the prevailing price for 87 in LA, in western part of the city to specific, Westwood, Palms, Venice, Santa Monica, etc.

        March 5, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
  5. F B M

    Why not?

    We're all part of the same hypocrisy.

    March 4, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Reply
  6. ﺶCHEﺶ

    What a STUPID question?
    Some of these CNN journalists and their media pundits like David Gergen, Gloria Borger, John King are really out of wack. These people have Munchausen Syndrome disorder.
    Where's Bernard Shaw when you need a Real journalist?

    March 4, 2012 at 11:02 am | Reply
    • DarkStar

      I agree with you. Bernard Shaw was a Real journalist. There was also a female that had that exceptional talent for delivery. She also worked with Bernny on occasion. Her name was Cheryll Jones. She was an exceptionally engaging, attractive, brunett who had a great commanding presence. That is so lacking on todays airways. CNN or Fox should bring her back.I saw again, on TV, not long ago She still has that element of style that makes you want to listen to what she is saying.

      March 5, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Reply
  7. Marilyn Monroe

    We should sever ties with israel

    March 4, 2012 at 10:41 am | Reply
    • ﺶCHEﺶ

      Thank You!
      Our sons and daughters inclu. our love ones are fighting and dying for their evil propaganda wars on behalf of Israel. This country and its citizens needs jobs, education, healthcare and better future than these evil propaganda wars advocated by CNN and its idiotic pundits made up of a bunch of jews. Let them send their love ones and pay checks to the front lines of these silly wars and leave us all alone. More wars, mean huge paychecks for these FAT cats on CNN whilst we grieve. The last time we checked dick cheney and his family are STILL hold-up in some bunker paid for by the tax payer.

      March 4, 2012 at 11:12 am | Reply
    • Buzzer

      Marylin and Che: Now state EXACTLY how this "issue" of arms sales to Syria from Russia and the whole unrest in Syria has a thing to do with Israel?...your hatred of Israel makes it quite easy to go off on completely unrelated topic doesn't it? This article has "NOTHING to do with Israel"...your response, "But, but Israel is evil, they're behind all the problems in the Middle East!" These types of responses of deflecting responsibility for problems with one's country by CONSTANTLY blaming others is EXACTLY why the vast majority of countries in the Middle East can never seem to get their act together and its continues to be quagmire of conflict and misery. Syria has brought all these problems on one else is responsible, END OF STORY.

      BTW, there is an article in the Opinion section about responsibility and blame that may help you people may need to read...

      March 4, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Reply
      • MicheleG

        Like! Like! Like!

        March 4, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
      • No

        I agree. It has nothing to do with Israel and it has nothing to do with the USA either. Leave them alone, there are more problems here to resolve.

        March 4, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • Marilyn Monroe

      israel is the root of all the problems in the middle east and the world. It is why the whole world hates israel. israel needs to be wiped off the face of the earth.

      So, please, stop faking it buzzard crap!! You know it and the whole world knows it.

      What are you, an idiot?

      March 4, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Reply
      • Buzzer

        You only going to get one retort that is even worth anybody's time FAIL on three points: first, FAILURE to give ANY specific examples of problems Israel has caused in ANY of the Arab countries in the Middle East. Second, suggesting that killing millions of people REGARDLESS of their race, nationality, religion or ethnicity is sound EXACTLY like the propaganda CRAP Hitler spewed in the lead up to the extermination of millions of Jews, hence you can be easily lumped in this category of blantant "evil". Third, you say that I'm "faking it"...faking what? Another FAILURE to clarify and be specific... Idiot? Your retorts are incoherent and vague...people that read your arguments may just think your not a day over 14 years old, or your mental capacity to articulate a creditable argument is SEVERLY LIMITED. Either way, you LOSE...try again with someone else...hopefully you can comprehend your shortcomings...then again, maybe not.

        March 4, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
  8. Sayan Majumdar

    The Mil Mi-17 is hitherto the finest high altitude assault helicopter the world has witnessed (surpassing Boeing CH-47 Chinook).

    Perhaps United States should promise more military contracts to Russian if they stop/withdraw military sales to the present barbaric Syrian regime.

    In short, in case of Russia the policy of reward will work, sturdy and martial-minded Russians will not be perturbed by the prospect of punishment.

    And finally, Barbara (Starr), never ask the Russian and Israeli military-industrial complex officials about their prospective clients in defence exhibitions, you will not get an answer or likely to be misled.


    March 4, 2012 at 2:19 am | Reply
  9. political prisoner

    Why do we do business with them at all? Are we selling arms to terrorist or nuclear technology to Iran too?? Hey I know. .. lets bomb Israel ourselves and save everyone that hates em the problem of doing it themselves while we are at it..


    March 3, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Reply
    • ﺶCHEﺶ

      Could have said it better on behalf of the voiceless and the struggling people of America of which CNN and the jewish controlled Media have ignored for years.
      Caution Note: don't be surprised if you find your post of comments being DELETED by CNN and its jewish moderator. They think they can fool us all when they only allow posts or comments in favor of Israel.

      March 4, 2012 at 11:18 am | Reply
  10. dreamer96

    Henry Ford built weapons for Hitler, before Hitler declared war on us, and Boeing was secretly designing a long range bomber for Japan before Pearl Harbor...Maybe this Russian weapons supplier could find away to supply some useful information, names, locations, bank accounts, or useless weapons with weak barrels that explode after awhile....bad shells...or ones filled with C4...

    March 3, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Reply
  11. Bob H

    Yes, Russian companies shall be put on notice ASAP. It is time for them to switch to manufacturing civilian products.

    March 3, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Reply
    • Steven

      hmmm you mean switching to civilian products like (automatic) weapons for criminals such as Mexican drug cartels and the Russian Mafia ... anyone ever read "The Weapon Shops of Isher" by A.E. van Vogt? I think everyone should be armed. "An armed society is a polite society"

      March 4, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Reply

    No no no no not any more.

    March 3, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Reply

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