Russia to Deliver APC's and Helli's to West Bank

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    MOSCOW - Russia will soon deliver 50 armored personnel carriers to the Palestinians, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced on July 1.

    "In the nearest days, 50 armored personnel vehicles will be delivered to Jordan and then will be transferred to the Palestinian security forces in the West Bank," Andrei Nesterenko, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, said at a news briefing here.

    Russia offered in 2005 to supply Palestinian security forces with 50 armored personnel carriers (APCs) and two Mi-17 military cargo helicopters. But these deliveries were initially blocked by Israel, which feared that the APCs and the helicopters would get into the hands of the radical Palestinian group Hamas and be used against Israeli military forces, said Dmitry Vasilyev, an analyst who tracks arms exports for the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, a think tank here.

    In 2008, Israel agreed to have 25 Russian APCs delivered to the Palestinian security forces on the condition that all weapon systems would be removed from the vehicles.

    In March 2009, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that 50 APCs and two Mi-17s would be handed over to the Palestinian Authority as a gift aimed at strengthening the Palestinian administration.

    Russian officials said then that the vehicles' weapon systems would be dismantled, and the APCs would be delivered from the Russian Defense Ministry's existing stock of APCs.

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    Russia to deliver 50 armored vehicles to Palestinians soon

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    Russia will deliver 50 BTR-70 armored personnel carriers (APC) to the Palestinian security forces in the West Bank in the next few days, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.
    Israel agreed in 2008 on the supply of Russian APC stripped of weaponry to Palestinian security forces to help them fight terrorist organizations.
    "Russia continues to provide assistance to Palestinians. The 50 APCs will be delivered to Jordan in the next few days and they will later be transferred to the Palestinian security forces in the West Bank," said spokesman Andrei Nesterenko at a news briefing in Moscow.
    The Russian Defense Ministry earlier said that all 50 vehicles, taken from the ministry's arsenal, were ready for shipment and weapons have been removed from them.
    Russia is donating the APCs to the Palestinian authorities.
    MOSCOW, July 1 (RIA Novosti)

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