Russia is planning on delivering the first batch of Yak-130 fighter jets to its ally Syria by the end of 2014, reported al-Arabiya on Monday.

Russian media reported that Russia intends to deliver a total of 36 jets as per a previously signed contract. A previous report stated that Syria had made an advanced payment of $100 million to Russia for the first batch of fighter jets and signed the contract in late 2011.

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The Moscow Times stated that companies Rosoboronexport, and arms exporter, and United Aircraft-Building Corp. had already scheduled the delivery of this first batch of jets.


Russia has reportedly stated that it complied with international law and has only provided "defensive weapons."