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Russia to sell $1.8 bln in arms to Libya

RIA Novosti


NOVO-OGARYOVO (Moscow Region), January 30 (RIA Novosti) - Libya will buy 1.3-billion-euro ($1.8 billion) worth of arms from Russia under a new contract, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Saturday.

"It's not only for small arms and light weapons," he said.

He added that the contract was signed on Friday.

Russian media reports previously said $2 billion contracts for the delivery of Russian fighter jets and air-defense systems to Libya would be signed during the January 26-27 visit to Moscow by the country's defense minister, Maj. Gen. Younis Jaber.

Russia's state arms exporter Rosoboronexport earlier said Russia had five ongoing military contracts with Libya, including "military equipment for its ground forces and the navy, the modernization of T-72 tanks and spare parts supplies."

Other media reports said Russia was looking to sell up to 15 Su fighters and Yak-130 trainer planes to Libya.

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