EXCLUSIVE: Bashir To Spend Shs 20 Trillion On Russian War Planes
Latest regional intelligence indicates the government of Sudan under Gen. Omer Al-Bashir is holding secret meetings with Russian Defence officials for supply of modern war planes.
After learning that Uganda, South Sudan, Israel and Ethiopia were planning to launch a joint military offensive against his government, Bashir swiftly depleted his reserves with the view of acquiring fighter jets to consolidate his hold on power.
“The Sudan-Russian military deal might take a few weeks to materialize. Bashir is so desperate for arms, fearing regional forces might capture Khartoum thus sending him to the International Criminal Court,” a high ranking army officer confided in Chimpreports.com intelligence Desk.
The military source further revealed Bashir has been secretly mobilizing funds from friendly countries with the view or raising at least Shs20 trillion to reinforce his heavy airpower with deadly hi-tech war jets.
On Thursday, Bashir’s Foreign Affairs Minister Ali Ahmed Karti arrived in Moscow, where he met Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
Karti delivered a hand written message from Al-Bashir seeking Russia’s support as Sudan’s relations with her neighbours worsen.
Karti also met his counterpart Sergei Lavrov. Bashir’s envoy said SPLA destroyed Heglig oil facilities and infrastructure during a recent heavy onslaught.
SPLA last month attacked Heglig, pushing Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) from their defence lines thus capturing the oil-town that produces half of Khartoum’s oil.
Karti further revealed that S. Sudan’s aggressiveness is supported by countries hostile to Sudan.
Bashir’s emissary further stated that Juba must pay for the destruction caused on Heglig oil facilities.
“We are not bracing for an overall war against Juba but we are committed to repulsing any aggression by SPLA,” said Karti.
Karti and Lavrov also tackled the ongoing discussion at the Security Council on a draft resolution concerning the situation of the relation between Sudan and South Sudan.
Meanwhile, Karti reiterated Sudan adherence to the decisions of the African leaders on peacefully resolving their disputes with S. Sudan.
“We affirmed our keenness to establish normal relations with South Sudan State as long as Juba is serious in dialogue and achieving settlement of the outstanding issues through peaceful means,” said Karti.
On his part, the Russian Foreign Minister said chances are available for reducing the tension and solving the dispute between Sudan and South Sudan through peaceful means.
Lavrov said the Security Council resolution on the situation between Sudan and South Sudan should be a balanced and fair one.
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Updated on 2013-06-04 10:39
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