Russia Mulls Buying Israeli Drones

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Russia would like to purchase Israeli-made drones (unmanned aerial vehicles, UAVs), the chief of general staff of Russian armed forces said on Tuesday.

"We are working on this issue," General Nikolai Makarov told the Interfax news agency. "We are talking about a test batch of Israeli drone planes," he said.

If the deal is consummated, it would be the Russia's first military-related purchase from Israel.

Doron Suslik, spokesman for Israel Aerospace Industries, would not comment on the Interfax report.

Israeli envoy General Amos Gilad traveled to Moscow Wednesday to discuss the drone sale and to try to persuade Russia not to sell the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Iran.

Meanwhile, Russia plans to sell fighter jets to Lebanon "at a large discount" in a move to boost military cooperation between the two countries, Lebanese Defense Minister Elias Murr said on Tuesday.

Murr met with Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov in Moscow Tuesday, to present a list of weapons in addition to the Mig-29 jets, which includes armored personal carriers, T-90 tanks and artillery.

Source: YNet news

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