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mps to discuss scrapping controversial saudi arms deal | news

A day after a bitter clash in Parliament between the leftist-led government and the conservative opposition over a controversial defense deal with Saudi Arabia, the coalition appears poised to cancel the agreement.Lawmakers from coalition partners SYRIZA and nationalist Independent Greeks rejected a request on Tuesday by opposition New Democracy to convene an emergency session of the House’s Military Procurements Committee so it could hear from the key people involved in the discussions to sell 300,000 anti-tank shells to Saudi Arabia.The conservatives have suggested that the government was wrong to allow a middleman to be involved in the deal and that there are a several issues that raise questions about Defense Minister Panos Kammenos’s role.The deal for 66 million euros’ worth of surplu

amnesty international urges greece to scrap saudi arms sale | news

A leading global rights organization is urging Greece's government to scrap a controversial arms sale to Saudi Arabia, saying the weapons could be used against civilians in the ongoing war in Yemen.Amnesty International voiced deep concern on Monday over the proposed deal, saying there was a “real danger” that the artillery shells would be used by the Saudi-led military coalition fighting Shiite rebels in the impoverished country.The agreement has been strongly criticized by Greek opposition parties, while at least two lawmakers in the governing left-wing SYRIZA party have called for its cancelation on grounds that the arms could be used in Yemen. [AP]

mps ponder end to arms deal but nd sticks to guns | news

New Democracy vowed on Tuesday not to drop its efforts to hold the government to account over the stalled deal to sell ammunition to Saudi Arabia despite MPs deciding to discuss the possibility of scrapping the agreement altogether.The conservatives proposed on Tuesday that the parliamentary committee which has oversight for military contracts should invite all of the key players in the deal, including Greek diplomats serving in Riyadh and middleman Vassilis Papadopoulos, to answer questions from members of the panel.However, the coalition MPs on the committee rejected this idea. They argued that this would turn the standing committee into an investigative body. Instead, they accepted a proposal from SYRIZA lawmaker Nikos Fylis and a Communist Party MP to discuss whether the contract with

uk arms sales to saudi arabia

Debate: UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia In this edition of The Debate, Press TV has conducted an interview with Catherine Shakdam, the director of Shafaqna Institute for Middle Eastern Studies, and Geoffrey Alderman, a historian and journalist, both from London, to discuss a ruling by the UK's High Court in which Britain's multi-billion-pound arms sale to Saudi Arabia have been recognized 'lawful.' 

russia and saudi arabia agree $3.5 bln arms deal

Russia and Saudi Arabia agreed an arms deal Monday valued at $3.5 billion, general director of Russian state-owned corporation Rostec Sergei Chemezov said in an interview with Tass news agency.The deal will be finalized during King Salman’s next visit to Russia, which could take place by the end of the year, the Kommersant newspaper reported.Russia is the world’s second largest weapons exporter with total sales exceeding $15 billion annually.Russia tried to broker a lucrative arms deal with Saudi Arabia in 2012, when the Gulf kingdom signed a preliminary agreement worth $20 billion, Chemezov said.That deal stalled when Saudi attached stipulations contrary to Russian interests, including a demand that Russia not sell C-300 long-range surface-to-air missiles to Iran. In an act of defiance Pr

athens would abide by eu sanctions on saudi arabia, spokesman says | news

Greece will abide by a possible European Union decision to impose an arms embargo against Saudi Arabia, a government spokesman said on Wednesday amid pressure from the European Parliament on governments of the bloc to stop selling weapons to a country accused of targeting civilians in Yemen.Speaking to journalists on Wednesday, government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said that a controversial deal to sell Greek ammunition to Saudi Arabia is currently stalled.The agreement, worth an estimated 66 million euros ($78.3 million), has come under heavy criticism from opposition parties. At least two SYRIZA MPs have called for its cancellation on grounds that the arms could be used in Yemen.Meanwhile, New Democracy opposition claims that Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, who is also Prime Minis

presstv-yemenis denounce saudi-spain arms deal

Mohammed al-AttabPress TV, Sana'aSaudi Arabia's latest arms deal with Spain has drawn angry reactions in Yemen, where the new weapons are believed to be used against civilians. The deal comes only a few months after Riyadh inked a 100-billion-dollar agreement on arms imports with the United States.

is trump's saudi arms deal exaggerated?

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presstv-uk sells over £1 billion arms to saudi arabia

Camilia ShambayatiPress TV, LondonBritain’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia have reached new heights despite widespread outrage over the Saudi war on Yemen. Latest figures show that the UK sold over 800 million pounds worth of arms and military hardware to Riyadh between April and June alone.

presstv-rights groups blast $110bn us-saudi arms deal

The administration of US President Donald trump has come under fire from human rights advocacy groups for striking a massive weapons deal with Saudi Arabia without considering the Riyadh regime’s rights record.During his first overseas trip over the weekend, Trump made a stop in Riyadh, where he signed the controversial deal and a number of other major agreements with the Saudi monarch.The $110 billion arms deal signed by Saudi King Salman and Trump on Saturday was a component of $350 billion in economic and military investments between the two countries over the next 10 years, according to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.“This deal has President Trump throwing gasoline on a house fire and locking the door on his way out," said Eric Ferrero, communications director of Amnesty Internati

presstv-trump busts a move after record saudi arms deal

US President Donald Trump joins a sword dance held in his honor in Saudi Arabia after signing Washington’s largest-ever single arms deal with Riyadh.He was accompanied at the Saturday jubilation by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.Trump arrived in the Saudi capital earlier in the day on the first leg of a nine-day overseas tour. Upon arrival and official reception, he proceeded to sign the $110-billion deal and other agreements amounting to $250 billion before joining the party.Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir put the volume of the collective bilateral deals higher, saying they were worth more than $380 billion.White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Twitter that the “defense agreement” was the "largest single arms deal in US history."Speaking a

presstv-'kushner intervened in saudi arms deal'

US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner personally intervened on a recent arms deal with Saudi Arabia ahead of Trump’s visit to the kingdom this week, said a report.According to a report by The New York Times on  Thursday, Kushner jumped to the Saudis’ assistance when it became clear that the cost of a sophisticated radar system, THAAD, might be an issue.The negotiations were on a $100 billion-plus weapons deal which the White House hoped to reach with Saudi Arabia earlier this month.White House officials said Kushner made a phone call during the meeting with Lockheed Martin’s CEO, Marillyn Hewson, asking her to provide a discount for the radar system, similar to the one the US has already deployed to South Korea.The deals are the latest in a series of controversia

presstv-uk court rules in favor of arms sales to saudi arabia

Amina TaylorPress TV, LondonThe UK’s high court rules against a legal challenge that could have prevented Britain from selling arms to Saudi Arabia. The court has decided on Monday that an arms deal with the Kingdom is lawful.Press TV's Amina Taylor has been at the high court in London and sent us this report. 

presstv-us lawmakers seek to block saudi arms deal

US lawmakers have introduced legislation seeking to block at least a portion of US President Donald Trump's massive sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia.Republican Senator Rand Paul and Democratic Senators Chris Murphy and Al Franken introduced a resolution of disapproval in the Senate on Thursday to force a vote on whether to block about $500 million of the $110 billion arms deal.Paul said he opposes the arms deal because Riyadh supports terror groups and could use the weapons in the war against Yemen.“Given Saudi Arabia's past support of terror, poor human rights record, and questionable tactics in its war in Yemen, Congress must carefully consider and thoroughly debate if selling them billions of dollars of arms is in our best national security interest at this time,” Paul said in a statemen

presstv-‘us arms deal with saudi, disaster for mideast’

Liaqat Ali Khan, lecturer at Washburn University, believes the new arms deal between Washington and Riyadh is a “disaster” for the Middle East which would only further destabilize the region, adding that it is a “desperate attempt” to create more jobs in the United States. “So I think as far as the deal is concerned, even though there is some opposition in the Senate against this deal, it will go through and the reason is that the United States has become heavily dependent on its military industrial complex,” Ali Khan told Press TV in an interview on Thursday.  “So hundreds of hundreds of jobs are funded on this industry and therefore they need wars and they need countries who would buy the equipment and defense materials,” he added.US President Donald Trump signed the $110 billion deal du

presstv-flow of us-made arms to saudi arabia

A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on May 20, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump (L) and Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud attending a signing ceremony at the Saudi Royal Court in Riyadh. (Photo by AFP)The United States has agreed to sell THAAD missile system to Saudi Arabia. The package also includes tanks, artillery, helicopters and warship. The Saudi regime is a main customer of US arms industry. 

athens keeps eye on eu over arms exports to saudi arabia | news

New Democracy requested on Wednesday that the stalled sale of ammunition to Saudi Arabia be examined by a second parliamentary committee as the government pondered whether to cancel the contract, citing the European Union’s stance on exporting weapons to Riyadh.The conservatives asked for Parliament’s Institutions and Transparency Committee to convene to examine the attempt to sell 300,000 anti-tank shells to the Saudis. The New Democracy lawmakers who sit on the panel argued that questions should be asked about the legality and transparency of Defense Minister Panos Kammenos’s actions.They also claimed that the image of Greece’s armed forces and diplomatic corps had been damaged by the events and suggested that Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias should be questioned too.The opposition party f

u.s.-saudi arms deal narrowly escapes bipartisan opposition

A bid to prevent Trump from selling more than $500 million in precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia needed just a few more votes to pass.

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trump starts eight-day foreign tour with $110 billion saudi arms deal

Donald Trump begins an eight-day foreign tour with a visit to Saudi Arabia, where he hailed a series of business deals worth more than $380 billion, including a $110 billion agreement for Saudi purchases of US defence equipment. Washington announced a huge arms deal with Saudi Arabia and took aim at Iran on Saturday as President Donald Trump began a foreign tour looking to leave domestic troubles behind.The $110 billion deal for Saudi purchases of US defence equipment and services came at the start of an eight-day trip that will also take Trump to Jerusalem, the Vatican and meetings with leaders in Europe.Trump hailed a series of business deals reached during meetings in Riyadh, with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir saying they were worth more than $380 billion.RELATED:Trump starts fo

trump starts eight-day foreign tour with $110 billion saudi arms deal

Donald Trump begins an eight-day foreign tour with a visit to Saudi Arabia, where he hailed a series of business deals worth more than $380 billion, including a $110 billion agreement for Saudi purchases of US defence equipment. Washington announced a huge arms deal with Saudi Arabia and took aim at Iran on Saturday as President Donald Trump began a foreign tour looking to leave domestic troubles behind.The $110 billion deal for Saudi purchases of US defence equipment and services came at the start of an eight-day trip that will also take Trump to Jerusalem, the Vatican and meetings with leaders in Europe.Trump hailed a series of business deals reached during meetings in Riyadh, with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir saying they were worth more than $380 billion.RELATED:Trump starts fo

trump starts eight-day foreign tour with $110 billion saudi arms deal

Donald Trump begins an eight-day foreign tour with a visit to Saudi Arabia, where he hailed a series of business deals worth more than $380 billion, including a $110 billion agreement for Saudi purchases of US defence equipment. Washington announced a huge arms deal with Saudi Arabia and took aim at Iran on Saturday as President Donald Trump began a foreign tour looking to leave domestic troubles behind.The $110 billion deal for Saudi purchases of US defence equipment and services came at the start of an eight-day trip that will also take Trump to Jerusalem, the Vatican and meetings with leaders in Europe.Trump hailed a series of business deals reached during meetings in Riyadh, with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir saying they were worth more than $380 billion.RELATED:Trump starts fo

pm asks to postpone house discussion on saudi defense deal as he heads to paris

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras wrote to parliamentary speaker Nikos Voutsis on Wednesday to request that a House discussion scheduled for the following day on a controversial defense deal with Saudi Arabia be postponed.Tsirpas, according to sources, said that he wants to be present at the discussion on a deal of around 70 million euros with Saudi Arabia for missiles and bombs that has seen the government come under fire amid allegations that it was not conducted transparently.The Greek prime minister is expected in France on Thursday, where he will receive the award for Political Courage from the magazine Politique Internationale. He is also scheduled to speak at the Paris Bar Association, which has awarded him the prize for European Engagement.

tsipras and mitsotakis to face off over saudi arms deal as evidence piles up ove

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis will cross swords on Monday in Parliament in what is being billed as a grand showdown over the transparency of the controversial arms deal with Saudi Arabia, and the role played by Defense Minister Panos Kammenos.With damning revelations about the deal stacking up, reports said that New Democracy may even ask for the formation of a special court to investigate Kammenos.The leftist-led coalition government is reportedly ruffled by the ongoing public debate about the affair – dubbed the “Kammenos scandal” by the opposition – as it could overshadow the effort to plug its “success story” narrative, stemming from the recent announcement by Tsipras to distribute a handout to low income earners.Moreover, the headline statu

presstv-trump is ‘milking’ saudi arabia of $480bn

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says US President Donald Trump's recent anti-Tehran remarks were aimed at "milking" Saudi Arabia."Iran -- fresh from real elections -- attacked by @POTUS in that bastion of democracy & moderation. Foreign Policy or simply milking KSA of $480B?" Zarif tweeted on Sunday.Zarif was responding to remarks made by Trump during his visit to Saudi Arabia, in which the US president called on all nations to work towards isolating Iran. He further accused Tehran of stoking the fires of sectarian conflict and terror.The Iranian foreign minister was referring to a recent arms deal between the US and Saudi Arabia worth almost $110 billion immediately, and set to reach to $350 billion over 10 years, plus a series of other deals. Saudi Arabia is US arms dealers

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