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Why are chemical weapons such a big deal?

Chemical weapons, like certain other kinds of weapons are banned not because of people killed by them, but because of what they do to the survivors. A summary from NPR: http://www.npr.org/2013/05/01/...
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Why doesn't Ukraine just buy the heavy/advanced weaponry that it needs

Buying arms isn't like buying a TV set, or even buying a car. Normally, it takes several years from order to delivery. In the normal case, arms are manufactured for the specific export customer, with ...
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Isn't sending weapons to Ukraine an escalation?

First, weapons can be delivered through Poland: Reznikov (Ukrainian Defense Minister), in his video, tried to provide an answer. “You may deliver it to Poland,” he told potential donors. “From there, ...
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Why are chemical weapons such a big deal?

Two main problems with chemical (and biological) weapons is that their effects are usually considered unnecessarily cruel, and controlling their spread is not always possible. When exposed to a ...
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What is exactly the issue with Russia using North Korean missiles?

The transfer of North Korean weapons to Russia: Is in violation of multiple UN resolutions. Increases the suffering of Ukrainian civilians, who are affected by the Russian attacks using these weapons....
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Why won't China or Russia modernize North Korea's army by selling them modern military equipment?

Maybe this is a bit of circular reasoning, but UN sanctions prohibit countries from supplying North Korea with such weapons (and much more). You might say this reasoning is circular because China or ...
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Why won't China or Russia modernize North Korea's army by selling them modern military equipment?

Why would both China and Russia want to modernize North Korean army in the first place? They both (mainly China) derive some benefits from the NK behavior, but they don't completely control NK (that's ...
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Why won't China or Russia modernize North Korea's army by selling them modern military equipment?

Your premise is incorrect as to the state of the DPRK army. The Chonma-ho may not be up to the standards of an Abrams, but it is much more modern than the T-34. It is unclear if the DPRK really has ...
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What is exactly the issue with Russia using North Korean missiles?

There are two major issues (for countries that don't have an amicable relationship with North Korea) with Russia buying and using North Korean missiles: It provides revenue (or goods if done as a ...
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What does sending weapons mean in terms of money changing hands between countries?

All of the above + lending/leasing them , of course different for different cases. The first option - selling weapons for high profit - is always available. The high profit margin usually stems from ...
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What is the argument made by Gregor Gysi against the delivery of weapons by Germany to Ukraine?

His argument is one about historical/generational responsibility and is a common one against all military involvement of Germany brought forward by the political far left. It basically states that ...
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Why was Australia willing to pay $3.0 B/unit for the French diesel-electric submarines?

I don't have all the accounting details, but one reason supposedly was that 60% of the money was earmarked to go to the local Australian suppliers. Unlike many of the other examples you gave, which ...
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Why are chemical weapons such a big deal?

Since no one else has mentioned it, another reason is that chemical weapons are most effective against people who are relatively weak. Civilians over soldiers. The old and the young over those in ...
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Why are Stinger (surface to air missiles) and Javelin (anti-tank missiles) not considered escalatory in war theater of Ukraine?

You can't easily attack another country's territory using only man-portable missiles and infantry. movement speed is foot speed. If you have a localized breakthrough, exploitation speed is... foot ...
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What does sending weapons mean in terms of money changing hands between countries?

You asked about Germany, among others. The answer is highly varied: Germany is providing certain arms from government reserves (i.e. from the Bundeswehr) for free. They might not even be able to ...
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Why doesn't Ukraine just buy the heavy/advanced weaponry that it needs

First, they are buying gear. The Turkish drones for example were straight out purchases. Now that the war has started, some countries may either have laws against supplying belligerents. Or they ...
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Who supplies Saudi Arabia with weapons?

Who supplies Saudi-Arabia with weapons? As you can read on the Wikipedia article on the Royal Saudi Air Force and Saudi-Arabian ground forces, Saudi Arabia has the following aircraft capable of ...
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Why hasn't Israel signed the biological weapons convention?

The second part of the question is simple and factual: Signing is when the executive (President, Prime Minister, or their appointed minister) indicate the country's willingness to agree to a treaty. ...
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Why would the PLAAF buy additional Su-35 fighters from Russia?

China used to depend on Russia in aircraft engines for jet fighters. Chinese engineers were unable to properly copy engines like AL-31 for a long time. Domestic engines like WS-10 were unreliable and ...
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Are thermobaric weapons considered a conventional weapon under international law?

Thermobaric weapons are conventional weapons. They range in size from grenade launchers to large bombs. All weapons except for specifically chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear are ...
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Isn't sending weapons to Ukraine an escalation?

so sending weapons to Ukraine isn't breaking 'international law' (I know it's irrelevant, but can be used as an argument from the Russian side) In general, sending weapons isn't prohibited under ...
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Why are other countries reacting negatively to Australia's decision to deploy nuclear submarines?

US nuclear-powered submarines use highly-enriched uranium (HEU) as their power source. (The UK ones also use HEU, sourced from the US, but processed locally into cores.) So, critics say/claim HEU-...
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What is the argument made by Gregor Gysi against the delivery of weapons by Germany to Ukraine?

Gregor Gysi is a complex figure. On the one hand he's an intelligent and eloquent person that is able to make sharp pointed critique that is actually quite reasonable, on the other hand his past and ...
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Is any country allowed to purchase conventional arms from North Korea?

Can any country purchase arms from North Korea? Yes, any country can purchase arms from North Korea. Or, is it forbidden? Yes, It's forbidden. It is forbidden because of various sanctions, but they ...
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Isn't sending weapons to Ukraine an escalation?

In general what international law there is is made up of "norms" (i.e. the standards by which countries with enough hard or soft power expect other countries to behave by) and treaties (...
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Why would Russia supply a NATO country with S400 Missiles batteries?

As you note, the Turkish Government and the Russian have improved relations, and unlike previous Turkish leaders, Erdogan has not made closer relationships with "the West" through, for example, EU ...
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Which country made the drones Azerbaijan uses against Armenia?

Israel apparently. Which references Drone Databook. Let’s start with what we know. The most recent edition of the Drone Databook that was compiled by Bard College’s Center for the Study of the Drone ...
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Why was Australia willing to pay $3.0 B/unit for the French diesel-electric submarines?

I agree with @Fizz's answer, but there is an important detail to add. Australia was buying secret military technology. The project includes a Pump-jet drive that the French claim is more silent than ...
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