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The "Russian Factor"
in the Middle East Military Balance

Ze'ev Wolfson
Policy Paper No. 133, 2001


The Geopolitical Situation

The 11th of September 2001 affected the political situation in the whole world so seriously that many factors in the relationship between the countries of the former Soviet Union (FSU) and the Middle East, (ME) including the sale of weapons and military technologies, might change in the future. However, there are no signs that this might happen in the near future, and whatever changes there are will probably not be radical.

The present article is based entirely on an analysis of the long-term and objective interests of three countries of the FSU, Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus, countries that manufacture and supply arms and military-technical services to the ME.

In addition, the article will note certain aspects and nuances of the policies of the three countries, above all, Russia, of course, that might change in the course of the coming months.

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