Rosoboronexport: Military-technological cooperation with Syria absolutely legal

Russian arms deliveries to Syria are limited to the weapon types which cannot be used against third countries, Rosoboronexport General Director Anatoly Isaikin said in an interview published by the newspaper Kommersant on Monday.

Russian arms deliveries to Syria are limited to the weapon types which cannot be used against third countries, Rosoboronexport General Director Anatoly Isaikin said in an interview published by the newspaper Kommersant on Monday.

"Every military-technological contact we have with the Syrians is absolutely legal. Nevertheless, we bear in mind the regional situation and deliver only those weapons that cannot be used against third countries," Isaikin remarked.

The sole purpose of weapons possessed by Syria is to protect its borders and to fight terrorists, he said.

In the words of the Rosoboronexport chief, there are no problems with the delivery of weapons to the Syrian army at present.

"There had been some difficulty in transferring dollar payments via U.S. banks, as the transfers were slow, but we found a way out. That factor did not influence the fulfillment of commitments much, but rather was a petty prank," he said.

As to cooperation with Iran, Isaikin said that Russia did not supply any embargoed weapons to that country.

"Antei-2500 and some other air defense systems do not fall under the sanctions," the Rosoboronexport chief underlined.

Speaking of Tehran's lawsuit filed against Rosoboronexport over its refusal to deliver S-300PMU-1 air defense launchers, Isaikin said that both Iran and Russia were interested in finding a compromise.

"The only concern is the huge sum [of the claim, $4 billion]," he observed.

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