Russia to sell Libya 1.8 billion dollars worth of arms
Russia will supply Libya with weapons worth a total of 1.8 billion U.S. dollars, said Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Saturday.
"It's not only for small arms and light weapons," said Putin, adding that the contract was signed on Friday evening, Xinhua reported.
However, the prime minister did not specify which kinds of armament were included in the contract.
Local media earlier reported that a package of contracts worth 2 billion dollars for the delivery of Russian Su-35 Flanker-C multirole fighter jets and S-300 PMU-2 air-defense missile systems might be signed between Russia and Libya, during a Jan. 26-27 visit of Libyan Defense Minister Younis Jaber to Moscow.
Citing Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport, the RIA Novosti news agency reported that 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."