I wonder if this is why the Russian airliner was carrying repair parts for missiles? I have read elsewhere that a lot of the Libyan armaments were deteriorated from storage, or Gaddafi had stored some components one place and the others in other places. So perhaps someone needed certain parts to make missiles operational because they never found both or all missile caches.
I think you are correct, the question is who will end p with the operational hardware? What will it be used for? What is Putin up too?