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Putin: Libya will buy Russian weaponry

July 31 2008

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has confirmed his intention to Libya to buy Russian weapons. He made this statement after negotiations with the Libyan counterpart.

"We intend to continue cooperation in military-technical sphere, especially since the Libyan leadership confirms interest in acquiring high-quality products of the Russian defense industry" - said the Russian prime minister told reporters.

In Moscow, is now secretary of the Supreme People's Committee of Libya, Prime Minister al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi. The purpose of the visit was to discuss the possibility of a larger package of arms contracts worth a total of more than $ 2 billion

"Work on the preparation of contracts for the supply of Tripoli, a large consignment of Russian fighter planes and helicopters, air defense, land and naval weapons technology is long overdue. Initialed by the number of contracts, while others are almost ready for signing. But because of the fact that the parties have not yet agreed on final scheme of financial accounts for the delivered weapons, their signing was delayed ", - reported in the military-industrial complex.

The Government of Libya wants the calculations for the delivered weapons has been applied financial scheme, piloted with Algeria. With this scheme, Moscow withdraws country debts, and she in return for purchases from Russia weapons and military equipment in an amount approximately equal to the debt. Libya's debt is $ 4.5 billion

Libya is interested in buying from Russia advanced anti-aircraft missile systems S-300PMU2 "Favorite" and about two dozen WLU Tor-M1 air defense missile systems "Buk-M1-2, two squadrons of fighter jets - one of the MiG-29SMT and Su-30MK 6 combat training aircraft Yak-130, several dozen Mi-17 helicopters, Mi-35 and Ka-52, about 50 T-90S tanks, diesel-electric submarines of Project 636, multiple rocket launching systems "Grad".

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