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Russia Reiterates No New Weapons Contracts With Syria, RIA Says

Russia reiterated it won’t sign new weapons contracts with Syria until the situation stabilizes in the conflict-ridden Middle Eastern state, RIA Novosti reported, citing a senior Russian arms-export official.

Russia is fulfilling existing arms deals with Syria, including repairing military equipment, the deputy head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, Vyacheslav Dzirkaln, was cited as saying at the Farnborough Air Show in southern England.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said June 9 that his country would only send weapons to Syria under previously signed contracts. Any military hardware delivered to Syria couldn’t be used against peaceful demonstrators, he said.

Since 2006 Syria signed with Russia arms contracts for about $5.5 billion, according to CAST estimates. In 2012, Syria is due to receive Russian weapons for about $500 million, CAST estimates.

Russia has contracts with Syria to deliver fighter jets, anti-aircraft systems and anti-tank systems, according to Pukhov’s think tank. Vyacheslav Davidenko, a spokesman for Rosoboronexport, Russia’s arms export monopoly, declined to comment.

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