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    Sergei Goreslavsky, a deputy director general of the Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport, said that recent events in Syria had triggered several Middle Eastern states' interest in Su-34 fighter-bombers.

    GOA (India) (Sputnik) — Several Middle Eastern countries are interested in acquiring Su-34 fighter-bombers, as Russia’s anti-terror air campaign in Syria has raised the popularity of the jets, a deputy director general of the Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport said on Tuesday.

    "The Russian Aerospace Forces operation in Syria has increased the interest in Su-34 fighter-bombers… Several Middle Eastern countries are currently showing the most particular interest in them," Sergei Goreslavsky told reporters, speaking at the Defexpo military exhibition in India.

    Goreslavsky added that subsequent events in Syria had only confirmed Rosoboronexport’s decision to promote the aircraft for export.

    Russia began its aerial anti-terror campaign in Syria on September 30, 2015, at the request of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

    On March 14, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to start the withdrawal of the Russian contingent from Syria, as its assigned tasks had been completed.


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