It is about time for Syria to update it's weapons systems. They like Israel must do what they think is best to protect their country. A strong military acts as a deterrent to other countries. Isn't that what Israel has always said? If all the countries in the region strengthen their military wars will be too costly. A military balance would be the best thing. Next, Russia will build a nuclear power plant in Syria, and why not?
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from the article: Report: Russia signs arms deal with Syria