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Russian arms maker mocks Macron

Earlier experiences indicated French CAESAR self-propelled howitzers have been captured and despatched to Russia’s tank plant

A number one Russian arms producer has claimed it had studied French weapons captured in Ukraine and located them missing. The mocking remark instructed French President Emmanuel Macron ought to ship extra CAESAR howitzers to Kiev, in order that extra might discover their method to Russia, armor maker Uralvagonzavod mentioned on social media on Thursday.

France despatched a handful of its CAESAR truck-mounted 155mm artillery weapons to bolster Ukrainian forces in opposition to Russia. A French political commentator claimed this week that two of them have been captured intact and despatched to Russia, presumably to be reverse engineered. “Thank you, Macron,” Regis de Castelnau mentioned in a tweet on Monday.

In its Thursday response, the Russian arms producer appeared to substantiate the declare – or not less than clap again at its French competitors. It responded to a duplicate of the tweet that de Castelnau had posted on his Telegram account.

“Please, send our thanks to President Macron for the gifted self-propelled guns,” the Uralvagonzavod account mentioned in Russian. It jokingly added that the French weapons have been “so-so,” in contrast to the Russian plant’s merchandise, however mentioned it might discover a approach to make use of the overseas {hardware} nonetheless: “Bring us more, we’ll dismantle [them].”

The comment, which referred to French President Emmanuel Macron, didn’t supply any proof of the declare. There was no official affirmation that any CAESAR weapons truly acquired into Russia’s fingers or proof that this was the case.

Western powers arming Ukraine have been reluctant to ship their extra superior weapon programs as a result of concern that Russia might seize and reverse engineer them.

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