Russia to provide Lebanon with fighter jets

Russian news agencies are reporting that Moscow has promised to deliver a batch of fighter jets to Lebanon. ITAR-Tass and Interfax have quoted Lebanese Defense Minister Elias Murr as saying that Russia has agreed to supply his country with 10 MiG-29 fighter jets. The ITAR-Tass said the planes will be provided as aid. Russia has sought to expand its clout in the Middle East and hopes to host a Mideast peace conference next year. It is a member of the so-called Quartet of Mideast peacemakers, which also includes the United States, the European Union and the United Nations.