Russia: Almost $2 Billion in Arms to Libya

Not only has Russia promised to start up an Iranian nuclear reactor this year, they have also decided to arm Libya. It is hard to doubt which side Russia is on, in the inevitable showdown with the Islamic world.

Libya strikes arm deal with Russia

Libya has struck a deal to buy Russian arms worth almost two billion dollars, Russian news agencies quoted Vladimir Putin, the prime minister, as saying.

“Yesterday (Friday), a contract worth $1.8bn was signed. It does not only involve firearms”, Putin was quoted as saying by Ria Novosti and Interfax on Saturday.

The Russian prime minister did not specify the type of arms or military equipment involved in the deal.

But a Russian diplomatic source told Interfax on Tuesday, however, that Libya wanted to acquire 20 fighter planes, at least two S-300 air defence systems, several dozen T-90C tanks and other arms.

Close ties

Putin was speaking following a meeting with the head of the Izhmash factory, which manufactures Kalashnikov rifles.

Russian officials said early this week that negotiations were under way with Younes Jaber, the Libyan defence minister, in Moscow over the sale of Russian weapons.

Moscow and the North African state enjoyed close ties during the Cold War, and much of Libya’s arsenal was purchased from the Soviet Union in its last years.

Moscow and Tripoli have stepped up their contacts in recent years.

In 2008, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi visited the Russian capital in his first visit to Moscow since the 1980s.

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9 comments for “Russia: Almost $2 Billion in Arms to Libya

  1. Tonto
    January 31, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    This is almost laughable. Lybia can buy all the high tech equipment they want, it helps the Russian economy, but they'll never be able to maintain it. Whatever they buy will be junk in a very short time…'s happened before with the very same nitwits.

  2. Robin Shadowes
    January 31, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Yep, the saudis would have go back to camel humping if it weren't for the foreign "guest workers", slave labor would however be a much more appropriate label.

  3. chetha1
    February 1, 2010 at 5:17 am

    "It is hard to doubt which side Russia is on, in the inevitable showdown with the Islamic world. "

    I think, fortunately, that Russia is only too aware of islam and muslims, having their own problems with the Chechens etc., As far as selling arms, it is pure business. In a way every dollar that the muslim world spends towards purchasing sophisticated weapons that they do not have the expertise in using, is a dollar less that they would be spending on their jihadi activities.

    It would be great however if the entire free world came together and imposed an embargo on arms to the muslim world. Thus driving them to fight their jihad in the authentic koranic way: with the help of swords, camels and horses.

    • February 1, 2010 at 5:22 am

      True, but Russia has given them their own Islamc state in Checyna.

    • February 1, 2010 at 5:24 am

      True, but Russia has given them their own Islamc state in Chechnya.

  4. biggershovel
    February 3, 2010 at 1:18 am

    I have suspected for a number of years now that Vladimir Putin has converted to Islam. This article convinces me that I am correct. Putin as we can all see is a supporter of radical islam. If he hasn't formally converted to Islam that's incidental.

    • February 3, 2010 at 1:22 am

      The thought has crossed my mind as well. If he did I don't think that he did if cause he really cares for the religion, he did for the power.

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