President Vladimir Putin, condemned by NATO for annexing Crimea, is now defying the U.S. in Syria by sending more and deadlier arms to help Bashar al-Assad score a string of advances against insurgents, military experts say.
Russia is unlikely to receive any compensation if Iraq has scrapped a $4.2 billion contract to buy weapons, Ruslan Pukhov, head of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies in Moscow, said today.
Ukraine told Russia that a military invasion would be an act of war following a vote by lawmakers in Moscow to give President Vladimir Putin the right to send troops after pro-Russian forces seized control of Crimea.
President Vladimir Putin may agree to resume Russian missile sales to Iran this week when he meets his counterpart Hassan Rohani for the first time, after heading off a U.S. attack against their common ally Syria.
Russia may buy $12 billion of arms from European and Israeli companies, including DCNS and Iveco SpA, over the next five years as the world’s second-biggest arms exporter hunts for higher-quality weapons than domestic companies can provide, according to a Moscow research institute.
President Vladimir Putin fired Anatoly Serdyukov as defense minister after a probe into an alleged $95 million fraud at the ministry, the most senior official to be ousted over corruption by the Russian leader.