Russia wins $US 250 MLN jet ‘gift’

Algeria is reportedly returning 15 MiG-29 fighter jets to Russia. The planes were supplied around two years ago, but Algerian officials claim they were equipped with worn or low-quality parts.

However, Russia says political motives are behind the move and will keep the advance payment of $US 250 million.

Further supplies of SU-30 jets to Algeria have also been suspended.

Russia sells its aircraft to a number of countries, including Syria and Iran.