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Russia to deliver combat jets to Syria

(Xinhua)

14:35, January 24, 2012

Russia has signed a deal to sell combat jets to Syria, despite growing international criticism over its military trade with the troubled country.

The Kommersant daily newspaper reported the deal on Monday, saying it is worth 550 million dollars and envisions the delivery of 36 Yak-130 aircraft.

If confirmed, the deal would cement Russian opposition to international efforts to pressure Assad’s government over its crackdown on the country’s unrest. The advanced training jets could be used for air attacks on ground targets and to train pilots on the country’s more advanced fleet of Mi-29 jet fighters, which it ordered from Russia in 2007.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said last week that Russia was acting in full respect of international law in terms of military contacts with Syria and wouldn’t be guided by unilateral sanctions imposed by other nations.

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helen at 2012-01-27203.82.82.*
Russia, thank you but please deliver your promise to supply Iran with S-300 missiles as per your agreement.Knowing that you have been misled and deceived by both the United States and Israel does not mean that you cannot continue to fulfill the agreement. Iran must be supplied with as much weapons/missiles and even atomic technology to counter US aggression. The time is NOW!
Huoqiao at 2012-01-2675.72.239.*
When there are two equal grown up brothers in the home, young siblings would have easier time. But when there is only one grown up in the home, young sibling would be knuckled, abused, labored. Sad to see Russia the second big brother hidden away in the closet for these years. What about the 3rd brother - China? it is time for you to stand up to protect young siblings isn"t it?
PD User at 2012-01-252.50.224.*
The West really has a cheek talking about not supplying arms to the country of Syria - NATO and it"s cronies are busy arming the local Al Qaeda and Salafist terrorist gangs in Syria to the teeth. And they have the cheek to complain when a soverign nation buys defence equipment to defend itself against Islamist terrorists and their NATO buddies.
ASEAN at 2012-01-25220.255.1.*
Well done, Russia. The world need you to keep peace in the middle east. May God bless the whole of Russia. May God bless Prime Minister Putin. Prime Minister Putin would be written in history of the world as the Greatest Leader in the 21st century.
  

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