Belarus Arms Transfer Accountability Act of 2009

January 13, 2010
January 13, 2010
Referred to House (sub)committee

21 cosponsors

Would require the secy. of state to report to Congress on weapons exports by Belarus, especially to countries designated as state sponsors of terrorism or as not cooperating fully with U.S. antiterrorism efforts.

Among the findings of Congress supporting this reporting requirement are public references to Belarus supplying weapons to Palestinian extremist groups, Iran, and Syria; remarks reportedly by Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko that he will continue to help Syria militarily despite international criticism; an assertion that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez maintains close ties to Syria and Iran, to whom Belarus sells weapons; media reports that Russia plans to sell the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Iran through Belarus; and a statement that a ‘high-ranking Israeli official strongly cautioned Belarus against strengthening ties with Iran.’

See also: related measures H. Res. 1285 of 4/21/10, H.R. 5350 of 5/20/10, S. 3454 and S. 3455 of 6/4/10, H. Res. 1532 of 7/15/10, S. 3676 of 7/29/10, and H.R. 6296 of 9/29/10.

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