As we know, the main disappointment in the MH17 case has recently become the position of Malaysia, a country whose citizens also died in the plane downing, for which the blame lays on the country that the Malaysian government so zealously defends – the Russian Federation. But what makes Malaysian politicians side with the mass murderer?
Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Olena Zerkal explained that the reason for this behavior of the Malaysian government, playing along with Russian propaganda, is that the country buys weapons from Russia.
In principle, the fact that Russia has always used export factors – not so numerous, namely energy and weapons, but sufficient to buy opinions, is a well-established fact. But is this the case with Malaysia, and what can be done about it?
First, let's look at what weapons Malaysia procures from Russia. And here is the most interesting thing: the armed forces of this South Asian country are stuffed with Western technology! Among the Russian armament, they only have Su-30MKM fighter jets (18 of them) delivered in 2007-2009 and the MiG-29N/NUB (10 of them).
Frankly, not so much, but given maintenance issues with these fighters, they require repairs and, possibly, modernization. And in this context, it will be very interesting to see who will carry out these works, and where, as well as for how much money. It cannot be ruled out that it is precisely the repair of Russian fighters that is the bargaining chip used by the Kremlin (in addition to personal preferences) in talks with the Malaysian government to gain loyalty. Although, speaking of arms supplies, it is also about bargaining principles.
The thing is that Malaysia intends to purchase combat-training aircraft for its air force, and among the bidders is the manufacturer of Russian Yak-130, which, by the way, since 2014, due to sanctions, have been assembled at the level of handicraft goods.
So, what do we have here? Is it maintenance of Su-30MKMs and MiG-29N/NUBs, as well as the procurement of Yak-130s at a very competitive price? This may be the case, but there is another very interesting point.
Malaysia, as well as Russia, has been involved in forex fraud schemes, which the U.S. Treasury is already investigating and in the near future, some unpleasant news may come to Malaysia from Washington.
That is, we have fighters, combat training Yak-130 aircraft, and joint activities in the "black" forex market… A nice set for hardened accomplices. But, here is the dilemma: there is a counterweight in this issue.
As I wrote above, almost 90% of the armed forces of Malaysia are tied to Western weapons. For example, the Malaysian navy uses Damen 1800 patrol vessels ordered from the Netherlands, Pervira patrol vessels ordered from Australia, CTRM Eagle ARV light aircraft, and Volvo FMX vehicles, also ordered in Australia. The armed forces of Malaysia use British FV101 Scorpion light tanks, Alvis Stormer APCs, BAE Hawk light fighter jets, and Lekiu frigates. There are also many, many more weapons supplied by countries whose citizens also became innocent victims of Russian revanchism in the Ukrainian Donbas.
And now I have a question: what will happen if one day all these countries refuse to not only maintain, but also continue to supply new types of weapons to Malaysia? Will it mean the collapse of their armed forces? Is it worth a dozen Russian tin cans? Is it, really?
But, the question in this case is different, will at least one of the above-mentioned countries think about closing their military-industrial complex for Malaysian Kremlin puppets?