Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Baz Ratner)
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is expected to discuss Russia’s recent
delivery of ship-killing missiles to Syria during high level meetings this week
with Russian officials in Lithuania and Russia.
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According to an Interfax
report last week, Russia recently delivered Yaknot cruise missiles it sold to
Damascus in 2007. Both Israel and the US had intensively lobbied against the
sale, and then against the delivery.
Under the deal, worth a reported
$300 million, Russia was believed to be contracted to deliver 72 missiles, which
it said will protect Syria’s coast from possible attack.
concern in the past that these missiles would fall into Hezbollah’s
The delivery of the missiles to Moscow’s traditional ally in the
Middle East comes in defiance of Western calls for an arms embargo against Syria
because of the continuing violence there.
Lieberman is expected to meet
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of a conference of the
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe that opened Sunday night in
Vilnius. In addition to Lavrov, Lieberman is scheduled to meet the foreign
ministers of 13 countries, including Britain, Sweden, the Netherlands,
Azerbaijan and Mongolia.
From Vilnius, Lieberman will travel to Moscow on
Thursday for a joint Russian- Israeli economic meeting, during which he will
meet with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov.