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Russia delivers anti-ship missiles to Syria

December 2, 2011

That minute hand keeps ticking closer to midnight…

Via JPost

Missiles that “allow coverage of entire Syrian coastline” reportedly delivered in accordance with 2007 contract.

Cruise missiles [illustrative]

MOSCOW – Russia has delivered anti-ship cruise missiles to Syria, the Interfax news agency cited an unnamed military source as saying on Thursday, days after a United Nations commission of inquiry called for an arms embargo on Damascus.

Economic and diplomatic pressure has isolated Syrian President Bashar Assad following a nine-month government crackdown against protesters in unrest the United Nations says has killed more than 4,000 people.

Moscow has spoken out against further sanctions imposed by Western and Arab League states, and it has defended its right to sell Syria weapons — tens of millions of dollars worth last year.

“The contract was completely fulfilled, almost ahead of time,” Interfax cited the source as saying of the deal, estimated at $300 million. The source did not say when the deliveries had taken place.

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