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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Russia Weapons’ Sale To Syria To Be Completed Despite UN Sanctions, Defense Ministry Says

Yak-130Russia is expected to complete its sale of weapons to Syria, including sending aircraft and missile defense systems, to fulfill an earlier contract obligation, despite international sanctions against the Middle Eastern country.

Syria has reportedly already paid the bill for the first six aircraft, which amounted to roughly $100 million, according to Sputnik International

"U.N. sanctions do not affect the trade of conventional weapons from Russia to Syria,” Deputy Secretary of Russia’s Security Council Evgeny Lukyanov told RIA Novosti Wednesday. “We are delivering these weapons in accordance with contracts that were signed earlier.” The aircraft were purchased for about $15 million each. Moscow has maintained its transactions with Syria do not go against international law.

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