Russia reportedly halts sale of MiG-31s to Syria

Moscow said to have stopped deal to sell 8 fighter jets to Damascus due to Israeli pressure.

May 20, 2009 12:36
1 minute read.
Russia reportedly halts sale of MiG-31s to Syria

Mig 31 248.88. (photo credit: Courtesy)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Russia has put a stop on plans to sell MiG-31 fighter jets to Syria, according to the country's Kommersant newspaper. The plans were reportedly halted due to pressure from Israel, an unidentified source from the Russian defense industry said. "In a similar way, when Russia signed the deal with Syria for delivery of Iskander-E missile complexes in 2005. The Israelis put pressure on Russia, and the contract was annulled," the source was quoted as saying. A source at the Russian Defense Ministry, however, was quoted as saying that the deal had been called off due to a shortage of funds on Syria's side. The report added that Moscow had agreed in 2007 to sell eight of the jets to Damascus for $500 million. Syria, according to the report, still owes Russia $3.6 billion despite 70% of its debt having been written off in 2005. Last month, defense officials told The Jerusalem Post that Israel had decided to sell advanced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to Russia on condition that it would would not transfer the technology to Iran or Syria and would suspend the sale of anti-aircraft systems to these countries. Israel has repeatedly sought assurances that Russia would not sell the S300 missile defense system to Iran, a move which would severely impair any Israeli effort to attack Iranian nuclear facilities. Yaakov Katz contributed to this report

Related Content

Antiquities are unwrapped as thousands of priceless antiques from across war-ravaged Syria are gathe
August 19, 2018
India’s looted past and terrorism funding