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Report: Russia to sell Libya weapons in $1.8 billion deal

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • News agency: Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced contract with Libya on Saturday
  • Putin said $1.8 billion deal was "not only for small arms and light weapons," report says
  • Russia's arms export agency previously said it had five military contracts with Libya
  • Those deals included equipment to modernize T-72 tanks, arms agency said
RELATED TOPICS
  • Military Weapons
  • Russia
  • Libya

Moscow, Russia (CNN) -- Russia signed a deal with Libya to provide nearly $2 billion in arms to the North African nation, Russian state media reported Saturday.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced the contract with Libya on Saturday, news agency RIA Novosti reported.

The agency did not have specifics of the 1.3 billion euro ($1.8 billion) deal inked Friday, but reported that Putin said it was "not only for small arms and light weapons."

Rosoboronexport, Russia's government-run arms export agency, previously said it had five military contracts with Libya that included "military equipment for its ground forces and the navy, the modernization of T-72 tanks and spare parts supplies," RIA Novosti reported.

 
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