Libya signed a cooperation contract with the Russian arms purchase worth 1.8 billion U.S. dollars. So reported the Russian media on Saturday (30.1.2010), quoted Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
“Yesterday (Friday), a contract worth 1.8 billion U.S. dollars were signed. And, (the contract) is not just for small and light weapons, “Putin said, as quoted by news agency Interfax and RIA Novosti.
Mr Putin spoke about the contract after meeting with the leadership of weapons manufacturer Izhevsk Mechanical Works weapon that made Kalashnikov weapons. The contract was signed following a visit Libyan Defense Minister Major General Younes Jaber, last week to Moscow.
There are no details about the types of weapons or military equipment bought and sold. A Russian diplomatic source told Interfax said, Libya would like to have 20 aircraft, at least two air defense systems S-300, dozens of tanks T-90C, and a number of other weapons.
No comment from the Libyan announcement about the contract. Ria Novosti said, Russia has had five active military contracts with Libya.
Moscow and Tripoli enjoyed a close relationship during the Cold War. Most of Libya’s weapons purchased from the Soviet Union in recent years the country.
In recent years, Russia and Libya enhance their cooperation agreement.