Editor's Note: How many of you remember the Oslo idiots telling you that after the fall of the Soviet Union, Israel didn't need to worry about Russian arms in the Middle East?
The Syrian Defense Minister, Mustafa Tlass, will head a military
delegation to Moscow in the coming days to discuss weapon deals
with Russia. According to the Russian news agency Interfax, the
two sides will discuss $2 billion worth of military equipment,
including modern fighter aircraft and S300 air defense systems.
The Syrian delegation is scheduled to stay in Moscow for 10 days.
The renewed strengthening of military relations between Syria
and Russia began about two years ago. Some 90 percent of Syria's
arsenal is based on Soviet equipment, and much of this is in need
of updating and refurbishment. The Russian Defense Minister, Igor
Sergeyev, visited Damascus about two months ago, the first such
visit since the breakup of the Soviet Union. After this visit,
it was reported that the two countries had agreed on settling
Syria's debt to Russia, estimated at $12 billion.
Russian sources say that Syria is interested in purchasing T80
tanks. The Syrian Army has about 4,000 tanks, but most of them
are very outdated.