Russia says delivers 50 armoured vehicles for Palestinians

20th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

Russia has delivered 50 armoured personnel carriers to Jordan where they are now waiting to be transferred to the Palestinian security forces, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

"The official ceremony for the receiving of the special equipment took place on July 19 in Jordan where it was delivered by sea," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

"The Russian armoured vehicles will be there until the Palestinian and the Israeli sides agree on the time and ways of its transfer to the western bank of the Jordan River," it added.

"We consider it important to do it without delay," the statement said.

The Palestinians will receive the armoured vehicles for free and Russian specialists have already taught Palestinian drivers and mechanics how to operate them, the foreign ministry added.

Moscow has friendly relations with the Palestinians dating back to the Soviet era, when it provided support to Yasser Arafat's Palestine Liberation Organization.

© 2010 AFP

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