27 Feb '11, 12pm

Russia could 'lose US$4b' in Libya arms deals

MOSCOW - RUSSIA could lose almost US$4 billion (S$5.1 billion) in arms export contracts to Libya after Moscow joined other world powers in slapping an arms embargo on Muammar Gaddafi's regime, a report said on Sunday. The Interfax news agency quoted a military source as saying that Russia had an order book for contracts from Libya worth US$2 billion while negotiations had been in progress for deals worth US$1.8 billion more. 'Among the countries of the Middle East and North Africa, Libya is one of the main buyers of Russian weapons,' the source, which was not identified, told the agency. 'As of today, contracts for military hardware of around US$2 billion had been agreed with Libya. 'Work on contracts for aviation equipment and air defence was also in the final stage. These were valued at US$1.8 billion,' the source said. Russia was initially slow to echo Western condemnat...

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