The US’s hypocritical criticism of Russia for deploying ‘exceptional lethal weaponry’
Jeff Abramson is a senior fellow for arms control and conventional arms transfers at the Washington DC-based Arms Control Association and also directs the Forum on the Arms Trade. Prior to re-joining the Arms Control Association in September 2019, he managed the Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor, the de facto monitoring regime for the Mine Ban Treaty and Convention on Cluster Munitions. Immediately prior to joining the Monitor, he served as a policy advisor and director to the secretariat of Control Arms, the global civil society alliance that championed the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty that for the first time established global regulations for the trade in a wide array of conventional weapons.
Despite the need to focus on combating the coronavirus, the Trump administration is moving forward with arms sales that can provide both the tools for and the tacit acceptance of, repressive regimes around the world.