'Russia to sell Syria weapons'

Russian official says warplanes, artillery, air defense on the menu.

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
May 15, 2010 09:01
'Russia to sell Syria weapons'

Mig 29 298.88. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
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Russia will supply Syria with warplanes, artillery systems and anti-aircraft missiles, Mikhail Dmitriyev, head of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation told media Friday night.

Israeli officials reacted angrily to the news, Reuters reported.

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“Syria at the present time cannot afford to pay for this sophisticated weaponry, indeed, it has hardly enough money to buy food for its citizens. One can only wonder what is the real reason behind this dubious deal," an unnamed government official in Jerusalem told the news agency.

Israel and Russia have already been at odds in recent years over Moscow’s pledge to provide Iran, another Israeli enemy, with the advanced S-300 air defense system. Though the order was placed in 2007, none of the systems have been delivered, allegedly due to technical glitches, though many believe the delay stems from international opposition to the sale.

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