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Mittens for Bashar

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In more of a political statement by Russia than anything else, Russia’s state arms exporter has sold $550 million worth of 36 Yakovlev Yak-130 “Mitten” combat trainers to Syria. Although they are more fierce than you might initially think, “Mittens” are still no match for the Türk Hava Kuvvetleri, the IAF, or the USAF. We are left to assume that Russia is simply reaffirming its support for the al-Assad regime.

Without explicitly confirming the report of the arms shipment, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said last week Russia was not going to justify its actions before the West because it was not violating “any international agreements or any [UN] Security Council resolutions.”

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Written by M. James

January 23, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Posted in News, Politics, Turkey

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