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MOSCOW, August 31 (RIA Novosti) – Russia is postponing supplies of fighter jets and S-300 missile defense systems to Syria because official Damascus failed to pay for them, Kommersant newspaper said Saturday.
The 12 MiG-29M/M2 jets that Russia agreed to sell to Syria will not be supplied before 2016-2017, the daily said, citing an unnamed source at Russian state arms exports monopoly Rosoboronexport.
Though the deal was sealed in 2007, shipping was delayed over technicalities and then put on hold because Syria has only paid Moscow 30 percent of what it owes for the jets, Kommersant said.
Earlier media reports said six of 12 MiGs were expected to be shipped by the end of this year.
A 2010 deal to supply Damascus with S-300 missile defense systems, initially frozen over US and Israeli complaints, also remains on hold due because Syria has so far failed to provide an advance payment, the report said.
“Supplies of S-300 are out of question until we see real money,” the newspaper cited an unnamed official at the Russian military-industrial cooperation complex as saying.
The S-300 were initially expected to be delivered by July 2014, but shipping would be delayed until 2015 or 2016 unless the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad pays up soon, the report said.
The state-of-the-art anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems could be a serious obstacle for a potential bombing of Syrian state targets currently planned by the United States in punishment for Assad regime’s alleged chemical attacks on civilians.
Russia is also only planning to ship six of 36 Yak-130 combat trainer jets Syria contracted it for in 2011 because this is all that official Damascus paid for so far, the report said.
Rosoboronexport has not commented on the report. A military expert cited by Kommersant said that Assad’s forces, which are battling insurgents since 2011, have more need for tanks, armored vehicles and helicopter gunships than fighter jets.
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- BlizzardDearly mistake made in the name of - stupidity16:16, 01/09/2013(Quote)
A 2010 deal to supply Damascus with S-300 missile defense systems, initially frozen over US and Israeli complaints, also remains on hold due because Syria has so far failed to provide an advance payment, the report said. (Unquote)
Well it is nice to know that now not even allays cannot count on Russia in need as the "BIG FRIENDS" US and Israel demand that.
Did ever happen that Israel or US ever asked Russia for permission to do something what could upset Russia??. NO!
And why not? Clearly because they do not give a dam about Russian feelings, wishes or worries. They just do regardless weather Russia like it or not.
That what Russia is doing is simply showing a total weakness and submissiveness. And Mr Putin calls himself a hard, strong and just leader? Well this are more likely his wet dreams and not reality.
Now it is last minute to rectifies all wrongdoings and pussy behave.
- LocoIvanWelcome to 201020:53, 01/09/2013Hey, you should change your name to 'ice pick' because it is apparent that your diatribes are due to a lobotomy.
'That what Russia is doing is simply showing a total weakness and submissiveness. And Mr Putin calls himself a hard, strong and just leader? Well this are more likely his wet dreams and not reality.'
Great entertainment! Please keep it up, LOL. This noise is hilariously creative.
- jgSensible precaution22:27, 02/09/2013Rosoboronexport are being quite sensible. As there is a reasonable chance that the current Syrian regime may not stay in power, it is quite sensible to require some money up front for products that could be used or destroyed shortly after they are supplied.
- jgSyrian's S300s weren't used last time.22:35, 02/09/2013"The state-of-the-art anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems could be a serious obstacle for a potential bombing of Syrian state targets currently planned by the United States...."
Syria had some S300 systems when the Israelis destroyed that "agricultural research facility" (or North Korean nuclear reactor) in the middle of a Syrian desert. During that raid, nothing was fired at any of the many Israeli aircraft that took part nor were any systems locked on to them. This could mean that the Israelis (and by implication, the USA) have some means to escape detection or targeting by S300 systems or that the Syrians cannot use the S300s properly.
Any response would likely boomerang on Russia – the partnership between Rosneft and ExxonMobil is a case in point. The United States has hit Russia with a third round of sanctions. This time the Americans went with a higher caliber weapon, targeting Russia’s biggest energy companies (Rosneft and Novatek) and banks (VEB and Gazprombank).