Russia ready to deliver almost $1.23 billion worth of arms to Tajikistan

Russia is ready to deliver about 70 billion rubles (approximately $1.23 billion) worth of military-technological assistance to Tajikistan in the upcoming years, Kommersant wrote on Friday, quoting sources in the Russian General Staff.

Russia is ready to deliver about 70 billion rubles (approximately $1.23 billion) worth of military-technological assistance to Tajikistan in the upcoming years, Kommersant wrote on Friday, quoting sources in the Russian General Staff.

"Armaments [from communication systems, small arms and ammunition to aircraft, artillery guns and air defense launchers] will be mostly supplied from the Armed Forces stock," the newspaper wrote.

Moscow and Dushanbe signed a program of joint modernization of the Tajik Armed Forces in summer 2014 but the program budget was unknown until recently.

"The range of weaponry has been agreed upon but the deliveries have yet to begin," Kommersant said.

It also quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying at the end of negotiations in Tajikistan that Moscow adhered to its military-technological cooperation commitments.

"We have confirmed our adherence to the commitment to bolster the defense capacities of Tajikistan both in the bilateral format and in accordance with CSTO decisions," Lavrov said.

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