Libya Asks Russia to Lift Arms Embargo

The head of a Russian military company has said that an unidentified Libyan government official delivered to him a letter asking to resume frozen weapons contracts.

Sergei Chemezov (pictured), Chief Executive Officer of Russian Technologies (Rostec), was quoted by state news agency RIA Novosti as saying:

"They would like to buy something and will apparently send a delegation to discuss their request ... they have already asked us, as far as possible, to revive contracts that were suspended."

UPI reports that Russia lost about $4 billion in military contracts with Libya because of the arms embargo imposed during civil war in 2011.

Russia's weapons trade has come under scrutiny because of an ongoing relationship with the Syrian military.

(Sources: UPI, RIA Novosti)

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