The US government has cancelled an agreement with the 2nd Arkhangelsk United Air Squadron as a result of US operations in Iraq. This was announced to Rosbalt yesterday by First Deputy of the Squadron Mikhail Kabrinsky.
The US' decision to stop financing the agreement means that 10 members of the squadron and two Mi-8 MTV helicopters have had to return from Sierra Leone where they were carrying out a humanitarian mission on behalf of the US government. However, the squadron's leadership is hopeful that the mission will be resumed as in the West Arkhangelsk aviators and aircraft are regarded as some of the best for carrying out such operations.
The agreement between the US and the squadron was reached in 1996. It was broken off for three months in 2000 but the US then continued financing the agreement.
The co-author of this disaster is the Dutch government, which did not find either strength or desire to save the lives of its citizens who were flying on that plane. The Dutch authorities did not demand Ukraine to comply with international aviation regulations
On the second day of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, a plenary meeting was held, in which Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan and IMF head Christine Lagarde took part