Report: Lebanese-Russian Arms Deal Hits Sanctions Snag

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A deal that the Lebanese army had signed with Russia to buy anti-tank guided missiles and rocket launchers is facing an obstacle caused by the western sanctions imposed on Russia, As Safir daily reported on Tuesday.

The newspaper said that the agreement with Moscow to buy Kornet missiles and the long range rocket launchers faced technical and political problems because Lebanese authorities failed to transfer 38 million dollars to Russia.

The transfer could not take place over the sanctions imposed on Moscow due to the Ukrainian crisis.

Meanwhile, As Safir quoted military sources as saying that Jordan's King Abdullah II informed Army chief Gen. Jean Qahwaji during his recent visit to Amman that both countries would fight terrorism with all their powers.

The sources said that Qahwaji asked Abdullah to intensify Jordan's military aid to Lebanon.

Qahwaji's request prompted the king to ask Jordan's military chief, who attended the meeting, to provide Lebanon with arms, ammunition and training, added the sources.

As Safir expected a Jordanian delegation to visit Beirut soon for that purpose.

Jordan delivered in February heavy military equipment to the Lebanese army to bolster its fight against jihadist militants crossing from Syria.

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Comments 8
Missing humble 24 March 2015, 08:15

Unlike Iran and Syria, Jordan is a friendly country to Lebanon.

Thumb eagledawn 24 March 2015, 08:41

It is all training for fluency in French language, the whole $4 billion, the whole lot. Just ask the mowaten of iran.

Thumb Mystic 24 March 2015, 10:13

So the Lebanese Army can't get advanced Russian weaponry because of the Americans sanctions, and people here wondered why Iran couldn't do it aswell. The U.S will always remain the obstacale for the LAF progress & triumph.

Missing humble 24 March 2015, 10:22

Very poor thinking. F on the comment.

Missing cedars 24 March 2015, 13:03

They are allowing the French to deliver the 3 billion Saudi grant arms. Russia invaded Ukraine similar to syria invading lebanon and did not leave until March 14 forced it. The LAF only requires F16s to restore calm from all neighbors interferences.

Thumb Mystic 24 March 2015, 17:17

Very naive thinking. Yeah like the U.S will ever provide the LAF something like that, never anything too powerful. The Russians though, were happy to provide advanced rocket launchers to Lebanon, but ofcourse the M14 traitors of Lebanon blocked it with the U.S

Missing helicopter 24 March 2015, 18:36

Mystic alsafir said so.
But those sanctions somehow never stopped the flow of Russian weapons to Assad or Iranian weapons to HA. What a puzzle.

Thumb whyaskwhy 25 March 2015, 06:39

Dang this means that the 300 Mig-35's are off?!! oh well maybe they can continue to supply our illustrious Iranian guards with plastique and missiles so we can liberate Israel, Canada and Eritrea.