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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sharon: Putin Says Syria Deal Is On

JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Tuesday he has been informed by President Vladimir Putin that Russia will go ahead with the sale of anti-aircraft missiles to Syria, despite Israel's misgivings.

Sharon said he was unhappy about Russia's decision. Israel fears that the missiles will reach militant groups in Lebanon.

"We are not pleased with the sales of weapons to Syria," Sharon told a news conference.

Sharon said Putin had promised him in a meeting more than two years ago that the missiles would not be sold to Syria. Sharon said he has not yet seen Putin's letter, received Tuesday, but said he understood that "they are going to sell that kind of weapon to the Syrians."

"We, of course, worry about that, and don't think that that should have happened. We are in constant contact with the Russians in order to settle this issue and ensure that these weapons don't reach terror organizations located in Lebanon."