Russia to deliver 2 MiG-29 fighters to Lebanon by November 2009-03-29 16:44:15   Print

    BEIRUT, March 29 (Xinhua) -- Russia will deliver two MiG-29 jetfighters, out of ten promised, to Lebanon on Lebanese independence day (Nov. 22), local An-Nahar daily reported Sunday.

    Russia has promised to deliver 10 MiG-29 jet fighters to Lebanon during a visit by Lebanese Defense Minister Elias Murr to Moscow last December, to show "new military relationship" between he two countries.

    However, The Lebanese government was advised in February to "wait" before accepting the fighters that are "possibly unsafe," according to a report by An-Nahar.

    A pilot was killed in a MiG-29 crash in southern Siberia of Russia on Dec. 5, and another MiG-29 crashed in October, the report said.

    Lebanese military sources said the donated MiG-29s would be checked by Lebanese army before they are shipped to Lebanon.

    Lebanese President Michel Suleiman announced earlier that Lebanon welcomes any arms donation on condition that no political concession is given to any country.

    The MiG-29 jet fighter was designed in 1970s to challenge the U.S. F-15 fighter.

Editor: Sun
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