Report: Israeli pressure halted Russian jet sale to Syria


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Russia halted plans to sell fighter jets to Syria because of pressure from Israel, a Russian newspaper reported.

The Kommersant daily, a Russian business newspaper, reported Wednesday that the contract to sell MiG-31 fighter jets had been cancelled due to pressure from Israel, according to Reuters. The report quoted an unnamed person close to Russia’s state arms exporter.

Another source told Kommersant that the contract had been cancelled because Syria could not pay for the jets.

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