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Sunday, 29 March 2009

Lebanon's Independence gift: MiG 29s

Russia has promised to deliver two of the ten MiG-29 fighters it has donated to Beirut on Lebanon's Independence Day on Nov. 22.

The An-Nahar daily reported Sunday that during a visit by Lebanese Defense Minister Elias Murr to Moscow on December 2008, Russia promised to deliver the first two fighter planes to Lebanon on November 2009, to show 'new military relationship' between the two countries.

The daily failed to mention the name of the Russian official.

However, the Lebanese government was advised in February to 'wait' before accepting the fighters that are 'possibly unsafe', according to a report by An-Nahar.

A pilot was killed in a MiG-29 crash in southern Siberia of Russia on Dec. 5 2008, and another MiG-29 had crashed in October that year, the report said.

Lebanese military sources said the donated MiG-29s would be checked by the Lebanese army before they are shipped to Lebanon.

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman had announced earlier that Lebanon welcomes any arms donation on condition that no political concession is wanted from Beirut.

The MiG-29 jet fighter was designed in 1970s to challenge the United States' F-15 fighter. PressTV