Ukraine Signs $550m Deal with Iraq

12.12.2009 Iraq

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Ukraine has signed a deal to deliver $550 million worth of arms to Iraq, an official said, in what local media said was part of the country's largest-ever arms deal.


Ukrainian arms firms will sell around 400 armoured vehicles and 10 An-32 transport planes to Iraq's military, said Stepan Havrish, the Deputy Head of the Council of National Security and Defence Council, Interfax news agency reported.

Delo, a Ukranian daily, reported on Thursday that Kiev had negotiated a $2.4 billion deal with the Iraqi Government, to be financed by the United States, which would be the largest arms deal in Ukraine's history.

A centre for arms production in the former Soviet Union, Ukraine remains a major exporter of armoured vehicles and anti-missile defence systems.




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