Venezuela plans to buy more military equipment and weapons made in China and Russia 2507146
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|Friday, July 25, 2014 11:26 AM|
|Venezuela plans to buy more military equipment and weapons made in China and Russia.|
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced July 25, 2014, plans to buy new batches of weapons made in Russia and China to increase the country’s military might.
Russian-made BTR-80 armoured vehicle march during a military parade in Caracas, Venezuela.
“I spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, and very soon commissions are to start work to include [to purchase plan] cutting-edge weaponry to reinforce the military and technical equipment and weapons systems of this country,” Maduro was quoted by Noticias24 as saying.
Director General of the Centre for Analysis of World Arms Trade Igor Korotchenko told RIA Novosti earlier that in the period of 2012 to 2015 Venezuela is expected to become the second-largest importer of Russian weapons, with sales reaching up to $3.2 billion.
In 2005-2009, Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport signed over 30 contracts with Venezuela on weapons supplies.
Venezuela received Russian air defense systems (Antey-2500, Pechora-2M, Buk and Igla-S) as well as T-72M tanks, BM-21 Grad and BM-30 Smerch multiple rocket launcher systems, armored vehicles and artillery.