August 21, 2008
Georgia on his mind: Pres Assad looks to new Russian arms deal
Why, I am getting a bit of nostalgia: Syria looks for Russian arms deal.
Bashar al-Assad, Syria’s president, arrived on a two-day visit to Russia on Wednesday seeking new weapons and greater military co-operation and hoping to capitalise on the rising tensions between Moscow and the west. ... Syria is eager to revive a deal to import Russian Iskander ballistic missiles, which have better targeting systems than its existing arsenal of Scud missiles. Talks over the missiles were abandoned two years ago. Mr Assad said Russia’s conflict with Georgia, in which Moscow claims Georgia used Israeli-supplied equipment and military training, had underlined the need for Russia and Syria to bolster their military co-operation.I had missed the Russian claims re Israeli equip to Georgia, never mind training. Well, that does add a bit of MENA colour and spice, eh? (See also Waning Maximalism, Siren Syria)
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In the "Israel lays low" hyperlink in my open Georgia thread, an older story on that whole relationship is there.
Posted by: matthew hogan at August 21, 2008 08:29 AM
More damaging to Israel's security situation must be the fact that the army they trained was shredded in a couple of minutes...
Posted by: alle at August 21, 2008 08:57 AM