Georgian officials are complaining that they are under an "arms embargo" from the U.S. and are blocked from rearming themselves in the wake of their 2008 war with Russia. According to a piece just published in Jane's Defence Weekly (article not online for non-subscribers), Georgia is looking to improve its air defense, anti-tank weaponry and communications equipment, but is being blocked by doing so by the U.S., they say:
However, none of these systems have been made available for the Georgians to purchase, according to US and NATO personnel based in Tbilisi. This was confirmed by US and Israeli company representatives at Eurosatory.
A Georgian national at the defence exhibition who works for a major US provider of communications equipment told Jane's : "I have worked with this company for years and I know all of their products, all of the technology. And yet, when we opened a new European office, I was not even permitted to attend its opening or see what was inside - all because of the current US administration's policy against allowing any further sales to my country.
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