Russia vows to sell missiles to Syria

Russia to fulfil its contract to supply Syria with cruise missiles.

Last Updated: Feb 26, 2011, 20:30 PM IST

Moscow: Russia on Saturday announced that it
intended to fulfil its contract to supply Syria with
supersonic anti-ship cruise missiles despite furious
condemnation of the deal by Israel.

"The contract is in the implementation stage," news
agencies quoted Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov as saying.
Russia initially agreed to send a large shipment of
high-tech Yakhont cruise missile to Syria in 2007 under the
terms of a controversial deal that was only disclosed by
Serdyukov in September 2010.

The revelation infuriated both Israel and the United
States and there had been speculation that Russia would decide
to tear up the contract amid the current turmoil plaguing
north Africa and the Middle East.

The sale is believed to be worth at least USD 300
million and is meant to see Syria receive around 72 cruise
missiles in all.
Russia has not confirmed making any Yakhont deliveries
to date and it remains unclear when the military intends to
fulfil the agreement.

Serdyukov`s comments come amid Russian efforts to
preserve its military supply line open to the Middle East
despite the revolutions and social unrest currently shaking
the region.

Bureau Report