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Russia Courts Mideast With Military Hardwarei
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Daniel Schearf
August 27, 2015 6:00 PM
As Russia's economy heads into recession, its defense industry is one of the few that seems to be prospering. And that was made clear at Russia's International Aviation and Space Show (MAKS) this week with the display of its military hardware. As Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow, the recession coupled with Western sanctions has also meant courting customers and allies from the Middle East.
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Video Russia Courts Mideast With Military Hardware

As Russia's economy heads into recession, its defense industry is one of the few that seems to be prospering. And that was made clear at Russia's International Aviation and Space Show (MAKS) this week with the display of its military hardware. As Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow, the recession coupled with Western sanctions has also meant courting customers and allies from the Middle East.
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