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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

MiG Sales to Syria Denied

Russia is not planning to supply fighter jets to Syria, the head of the state-run arms exporter said, denying a Kommersant article about such sales.

"Russia has no plans to supply fighters to Syria and Iran," the head of Rosoboronexport, Sergei Chemezov, was quoted as saying by Interfax on Tuesday. If talks start with these countries, it will be announced, he said.

Kommersant said that warplane maker Sokol was preparing to start delivering five MiG-31E interceptors that Syria ordered from Rosoboronexport in January. Kommersant also said Russia had begun upgrading five MiG-31Es, under a deal to deliver the jets apparently negotiated during Syrian President Bashar Assad's trip to Moscow last fall.

Commenting on the report, Foreign Ministry spokesman Mikhail Kamynin said in a statement: "All of Russia's deals in the sphere of military-technical cooperation comply with international law and Russia's obligations under various treaties and United Nations resolutions."

Bloomberg, AP