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Russia to Sell Heavy Arms to Lebanon

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Russia to Sell Heavy Arms to Lebanon
by Nissan Ratzlav-Katz
( Following a meeting last week between leading Lebanese
legislator Sa’ad Hariri and Russian leaders, Hariri was quoted by
Russian media this weekend as saying Russia will sell heavy weaponry
to Lebanon. Previously, Hariri
Hariri said that he hoped Russia would help Lebanon claim Mt. Dov from Israel.
said that he hoped Russia would help Lebanon claim Mt. Dov from
Israel. Russia is expecting Lebanon to recognize the independence of
the breakaway Georgian districts of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
Hariri, the son of the assassinated popular former Prime Minister
Rafik Hariri, represents the Western-backed majority in the Lebanese
parliament. Russia will “help the Lebanese army,” the Vremia Novosti
newspaper quoted Hariri as saying, “which needs heavy weapons” such as
tanks and artillery. American military aid, Hariri told Russian media,
only consists of light arms.
Lebanese Defense Minister Elias Murr is to visit Moscow in coming
weeks, when the details of the arms deal will be finalized. The
Russian state arms export firm, Rosoboronexport, has been boycotted by
the United States government for arms deals with Iran, North Korea and
In early October, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met with Russian
President Dmitry Medvedev and urged him not to approve the sale of
weapons to Iran and Syria. It was imperative, he told the Russian
leader, to “prevent weapons from Syria from reaching extremist
elements in Lebanon, such as Hizbullah.”
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Written by morris

November 20, 2008 at 12:36 pm

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