- Jun 25, 2004
- Reaction score
- USS Abraham Lincoln
not sure what to think about this. If the PA under Abbas is serious about fighting terrorists, they need the gear and the weapons. If they're not, it could hurt Israel. ugh, Putin laid a wreath at Arafat's grave.
JERUSALEM, April 29 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin chided Israel on Friday for thwarting his efforts to provide military equipment to the Palestinian Authority's security forces. But he said he would not antagonize Israel by moving forward with the military assistance now.
Putin was prepared to offer Palestinian officials 50 armored personnel carriers, two helicopters and other military equipment for their security forces during his visit with the Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, according to Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator with Israel.
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon opposed the plan and insisted that the transfer of all military equipment to the Palestinian Authority be approved and coordinated by Israel, according to senior Israeli and Palestinian officials.
Putin said Russia hoped to give the Palestinians two transport helicopters and communications equipment and to provide training for Palestinian security personnel in Russia after Israel completed its planned withdrawal of Jewish settlers and Israeli troops from the Gaza Strip this summer. He gave no timetable for delivery of the personnel carriers.
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