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New Libyan Authorities Refuse to Buy Russian Weaponry
9.09.2011 10:12
New Libyan Authorities Refuse to Buy Russian Weaponry

The new Libyan authorities are not planning to buy Russian military equipment, National Transitional Council chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil said in an exclusive interview with RIA Novosti.

      He thanked Moscow for the support of Libyan revolution, but said that Libya would not need weaponry in the future. "Russia will have its own role in the future of our country, reflecting its support of this revolution.", Abdel Jalil said.

      While being in power, Muammar Gaddafi concluded big arms contracts with Russian Ministry of Defense, so now Russia will lose about $4 billion in existing and prospective arms deals with Libya after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi's regime.

      Moscow had an order book for arms contracts from Libya worth $2 billion while negotiations with Tripoli had been in progress for deals worth $1.8 billion more. Earlier it was planned to begin a delivery of 12-15 Su-35 planes, four Su-30mk planes and six Yak-130 planes.

      Russian experts say that the new Libyan authorities' refusal was predictable, because Russia did not play an active part in the support of Libyan rebels and was too slow to recognize the NTC as the legitimate power. So the new Libyan authorities probably will buy weaponry from France and the UK, as well as from Italy and the USA to thank these countries for their direct rebels' support. 


Sources: RIA Novosti Newsinfo

Author: Julia Alieva

Tags: Russia-Libya Libya war Russian weapon contract  

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