Lets see here, aid money finding its way to purchase arms, sounds familiar doesn’t it?
MAJOR UK AID RECIPIENT, INDIA, BUYS RUSSIAN WEAPONS FOR AFGHANISTAN
Indian officials have signed a deal to fund heavy weapons purchases for Afghanistan during a high-level trip to Moscow last week – raising concerns that British aid money is indirectly assisting Russian arms-sales due to the UK’s £280m aid package to India.
The deal will see Russian-built equipment funded by New Delhi flood into the country as NATO downsizes its operation there.
The Indian Express reports that the deal has been a long time coming, and that the first weapons order has already been placed. The Indian Cabinet only agreed to help the Afghan National Army (ANA) as long as India committed no troops or small arms.
While there were concerns that small arms may find their way into the hands of militants fighting India in Kashmir, they also acknowledged that sending troops would outrage Pakistan and lead to protests.