Monday, January 23, 2012

Russia Sells Combat Jets to Syria

Russia and Syria have signed a $550-million contract on the delivery of 36 Yakovlev Yak-130 Mitten combat trainer, according to Kommersant daily, quoting a source close to Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport. Under the deal struck in late December, the jets are to be supplied to Syria when Damascus makes a prepayment, the source said. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said last week that Russia need not justify its actions before the West, because Russia is not violating “any international agreements or any [UN] Security Council resolutions.”

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