Belarus and Syria are hiding weapons in buses

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Under this heading the Russian "Kommersant" magazine published an article on the Belarusian-Syrian cooperation in the military sphere.

Raw is one of the main buyers of Belarusian arms. Since the beginning this year exchanged several delegations discussed the subject of military-technical cooperation. This is a serious concern in the West, where Syria is among the countries supporting terrorism, says the Russian "Kommersant".

The other day visit to Minsk finished Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has signed a number of agreements on bilateral cooperation. For example, Minsk plans to establish an assembly in Syria city buses. Agreements on the development of military-technical cooperation remained behind the scenes.

According to observers, made public the agreement are the only option and at the same time "cover" contracts, bringing Belarus real money — namely agreements on arms sales.

The last months were marked by a major intensification in this area. The parties exchanged several delegations, is discussing subjects of military-technical cooperation, including at the level of Foreign Ministers. And on April 25-30 hosted a meeting in Damascus Syrian-Belarusian joint commission on military cooperation. How, then, Syrian media reported, following a meeting of the parties "have agreed on all issues of cooperation between the military-industrial complex and the armed forces of the two countries.

According to experts, Damascus intends to continue purchasing in Belarus firearms, mortars and ammunition, including rockets. "After the collapse of the Soviet Union in Belarus remained significant stocks of military equipment and scaffolding stockpiled in case of war with NATO — explained" "Director of the Center for Analysis of World Arms Trade Igor Korotchenko.- Minsk is the number of weapons is not necessary, and it continues to be sold. "Told" Kommersant "director of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies Ruslan Pukhov, Syria is interested in the products of the Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant, and would like to use the potential of the Belarusian defense enterprises for repair and modernization of Soviet-made military equipment. Experts believe that Damascus is going to continue to be purchased in Belarus aircraft.

From the latest important bilateral contracts in the UN Register of Conventional Arms writes that in 2008 Belarus shipped to Syria 33 MiG-23.

Meanwhile close military cooperation with Damascus Minsk causes constant irritation in the West, where Syria is among the countries that support terrorism. In the U.S. and Israel claim there is credible evidence that some of the weapons from Syria, who bought the regime of Bashar al-Assad militants smuggled Lebanese radical group "Hezbala." Only six months ago, the U.S. Congress passed an act on account of Belarusian arms. The document ordered the U.S. State Department to report annually to Congress on the "scope and mechanisms for the export of arms and services of the Government of Belarus and Belarusian enterprises, including income from such transactions." In this respect, the current leader of the Syrian trip to Minsk could seriously aggravate the already difficult relations between Minsk and the West.

Meanwhile close military cooperation with Damascus Minsk causes constant irritation in the West, where Syria is among the countries that support terrorism. In the U.S. and Israel claim there is credible evidence that some of the weapons from Syria, who bought the regime of Bashar al-Assad militants smuggled Lebanese radical group "Hezbala." Only six months ago, the U.S. Congress passed an act on account of Belarusian arms. Ay this respect, the current leader of the Syrian trip to Minsk could seriously aggravate the already difficult relations between Minsk and the West.

Apparently realizing this, Alexander Lukashenko made sure to visit the military component remained behind the scenes, with an emphasis on cooperation in peaceful areas. He diligently to play along with the president of Syria, which, as well as Belarus, is trying to emerge from international isolation, which is why it is so important friendship with Minsk. Building on the success, Bashar al-Assad made a surprise announcement, he said the desire to Damascus to join the Customs Union.

"There are no legal barriers to entry into the Customs Union of Syria not. But such a claim is, of course, should be the subject of a very detailed analysis," — said the "Kommersant" spokesman for Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Peskov.

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