Russia to sell 10 MIG-fighter jets to Syria
Russia is selling more than 10 fighter jets to the Syrian regime, MIG corporation CEO Sergei Korotkov said Friday, dpa reported.
The MIG-29MM2 jets will be delivered according to a contract, Korotkov told journalists in Lukhovitzy outside Moscow, the Interfax news agency reported.
A Syrian delegation was currently in the Russian capital to sort out the contract details, he said.
Russia, a staunch ally of Damascus and its main arms supplier, has defended its delivery of weapons to the conflict-torn country.
President Bashar al-Assad, in an interview broadcast in Lebanon Thursday, said Syria had taken delivery of the first batch of advanced anti-aircraft missiles from Russia.
Officials from Russia, the United States and the United Nations are to meet in Geneva on Wednesday to discuss a planned international conference on peace in Syria.
Syria's opposition coalition said it will not take part in the talks in June, citing "massacres" in Syria.