Russia arms Libya’s Haftar in ‘$2 billion weapons deal’ | New Arab

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Russia has reportedly signed an arms deal with Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar worth $2 billion despite a UN weapons embargo imposed on the chaos-ridden country.

Officials from Russia’s state arms exporter recently visited Haftar’s headquarters in the eastern city of al-Marj to discuss the deal and its implementation, a source close to the controversial general’s command told The New Arab on Thursday.

The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that Vladislav Kuzmichev and Mikhail Zavali of Rosoboronexport signed a contract to provide 20 Russian warplanes – 10 Sukhoi Su-35, 4 10 Sukhoi Su-30 and 6 Yakovlev Yak-130 – as well as several Project 636 Kilo-class submarines and tanks and armoured vehicles.

Moscow has already begun to implement part of the deal related to providing spare parts for out of service Russian-made equipment and sending Russian technicians to help with maintenance, the source said.

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