>– Kremlin Media: Rosoboronexport Denies Involvement in Military Aircraft Shipments to Sudan
– Darfur Rebels Shoot Down MiG-29 Fighter Jet in May 2008, Russian Pilot Killed
– Russian Peacekeepers Join European Union Forces in Chad, United Nations-African Union Forces in Sudan
Even as Russian peacekeeping troops join the European Union force in war-torn Chad, in neighboring Sudan Khartoum’s genocidal Islamo-Marxist regime is taking delivery of a consignment of 12 MiG-29 fighter jets and resisting attempts, with the assistance of African Union leaders, by the International Criminal Court to indict Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir on war crimes charges (pictured above). According to a source close to the Sudan Tribune, Khartoum negotiated the transfer of the Russian military aircraft through Belarus. Since 2003 the Sudanese government has been involved in putting down a rebellion in the Darfur region of western Sudan, instigated by the Sudan Liberation Movement and the Justice and Equality Movement. In Chad the rebel Union of Forces for Democracy and Development are seeking to dislodge the regime of President Idriss Déby. Beshir and Déby have accused the other of backing the insurgents in the other’s country. We have already commented on Minsk’s middleman status between Russia and Venezuela.
Sudan receives new shipment of Russian fighter jets
Monday 21 July 2008 04:00.
By Wasil Ali
July 20, 2008 (WASHINGTON) — A shipment of new Russian MIG-29 tactical fighters has recently arrived into Sudan from Belarus, a source familiar with the matter told Sudan Tribune today.
The source who spoke on condition of anonymity said that a dozen MIG-29 combat fighters were shipped discreetly by planes through a Belarusian company two weeks ago.
However he could not confirm whether the fighters were actually sold by Belarus or they simply came through the East European country.
The planes are now in the Wadi Sayedna air base, the source added.
Belarus is one of the Sudan armament providers. A military cooperation protocol covering training, exchange of experiences, and military science fields was inked between the two countries in June 2006.
If the MIG-29’s are used in Darfur it would be in violation of UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution 1591 which prohibits selling arms to Sudan government or Darfur rebels for use in the war ravaged region.
Last year Russia was accused by Amnesty International (AI) supplying arms to Sudan for use in Darfur but the Russian foreign ministry denied the charge.
Last May a MIG-29 was shot down by Darfur rebels over the Sudanese twin capital city of Omdurman and its Russian pilot was killed.
Today’s story in the Sudan Tribune was picked by the Kremlin media here. The Sudanese Air Force first started taking delivery of the MiG-29 fighter jet in 2004, following the December 2001 deal that arranged the transfer. On July 22 the neo-Soviet media denied reports that Russian state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport was involved in deliveries of jet fighters to Sudan. “Rosoboronexport has not been directly or indirectly involved in the delivery of MiG-29 fighters to Sudan,” company spokesentity Vyacheslav Davidenko intoned. Last year Amnesty International accused Russia of supplying arms to Sudan for use against the Darfur rebels, but the Russian Foreign Ministry repudiated the allegation. In addition to deploying an air group to Chad, reports Novosti, the Russian Air Force has committed 120 personnel and four Mi-8 helicopters to the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan. In May 2008 Darful rebels shot down a MiG-29 over the Sudanese town of Omdurman. The plane’s Russian pilot was killed.