Russia to sell at least 10 MiG fighters to Syria

Russia has also promised to fulfill an order of the long-range surface-to-air missiles to Syria.

Written by Associated Press | Moscow | Published: May 31, 2013 2:48 pm

A Russian arms manufacturer says it is signing a contract to deliver at least 10 fighter jets to Syria.

Sergei Korotkov,general director of the MiG company that makes the jets,told Russian news agencies Friday that a Syrian delegation was in Moscow to discuss terms and deadlines of a new contract supplying MiG-29 M/M2 fighters to Syria.

Korotkov did not say how many MiGs Syria were buying,but says it would be “more than 10.”

Russia has promised to fulfill an order of the long-range surface-to-air missiles to Syria,saying it hopes to deter foreign military intervention in Syria.

The S-300s can intercept manned aircraft and guided missiles and Western experts say their delivery could improve Bashar al-Assad’s chances of retaining power.

Over 70,000 have died in the two-year Syrian civil war.

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