Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
8th February, 2016
Russia is supplying Syria with weapons on favourable terms, including on a Pro Bono basis. This was stated to “Interfax” by the Russian Ambassador to Syria Alexander Kinshchak.
“Given the significantly decreased financial capabilities of Damascus in the conditions unleashed by the terrorist war of attrition, the overall degradation of the economy and Western sanctions, some are supplied free of charge or on preferential terms,” — said the diplomat.
Kinshchak added that while part of arms and ammunition are supplied on a commercial basis, for the implementation of concessions in practice, different mechanisms are used.
Earlier, in September 2015, “Kommersant”, with reference to sources in the sphere of military-technical cooperation, published the list of armaments supplied to Syria. On the list were small arms, grenade launchers, armored personnel carriers BTR-82A, military truck “Ural” and “other weapons necessary for the conduct of local hostilities and redeployment of staff of the Syrian army”.
The publication notes that the delivery of the antiaircraft missile system S-300PMU-2 was conducted upon an advanced payment from the account of Syria (about 400 million dollars), who earlier transferred a payment from a previously unfulfilled contract. In the same period, with reference to the same source, it was reported that there are no new contracts for the supply of Russian weapons due to the difficult financial situation of the Syrian government.