YAK-130 military airplane jew fighter 311 R.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin)
Syria purchased 36 Yakovlev Yak-130 Mitten fighter planes from Russia for $550 million, the Russian daily Kommersant reported Monday.
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The deal, signed in December, specifies that production of the planes will begin once initial payments are made.
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in January that Russia has no intention to justify its arms sales
"We don't consider it necessary to explain ourselves or justify
ourselves, because we are not violating any international agreements or
any (UN) Security Council resolutions," he told an annual news
A Russian-operated ship with "a dangerous cargo" reached conflict-torn
Syria in early January, a source at the vessel's St. Petersburg-based
firm said, after being temporarily halted during a refueling stop in
In December, Russia delivered anti-ship cruise missiles
to Syria, according to the Interfax news agency, days after a United
Nations commission of inquiry called for an arms embargo on Damascus.
Reuters contributed to this report.