Syria rejects Arab plan to end the crisis
Syria on Monday rejected the new "road map" proposed late Sunday by the Foreign Ministers of the Arab League, calling for President Bashar al-Assad to delegate his powers to his Vice President. The plan also called on the Syrian regime to form a national unity government and to hold early parliamentary and presidential elections. "Syria rejects the decisions of the Ministerial Council of the Arab League (...) and considers it a violation of national sovereignty and blatant interference in its domestic policy," said the Syrian official news agency.
Meanwhile, Moscow and Damascus signed a contract for the delivery of 36 training aircraft and combat Yakovlev Iak-130, the Russian daily Kommersant reported Monday.
According to a source close to the Russian Agency on Arms Exports (Rosoboronexport), the value of the contract is worth approximately US$550 million (US15.3 million per unit). Rosoboronexport and Irkut Aerospace Group, which will build the planes, have refused to comment on the issue.