Friday, April 15, 2011

Chavez buys 11,000 million in weapons from Russia

Moscow .- Venezuela has bought nearly 11,000 million dollars on Russian weapons in the last five years, reported Rosoboronexport, the Russian state corporation for the export of weapons. "Some of the contracts were signed with Venezuela have been made and others are still at the stage of implementation," said Sergey Ladiguin, the head of Rosoboronexport Latin American department, told Interfax.

He added that in the last five years "were hired military equipment worth nearly U.S. $ 11,000 million, as Venezuela is the largest importer of Russian arms in Latin America. "Many ask the question of why so many weapons charge Venezuela. Well, it's time to modernize its armed forces and this is an objective process that is not connected to anything else," he said.

He said before starting to buy Russian weapons, Venezuela had artillery batteries and tanks obsolete, weak air defense system and suffered a severe shortage of spare parts for aircraft delivered before the United States. Russia responded to the demand and now complies in all contracts, "said Ladiguin, noting that Caracas has already received all the fighters and helicopters ordered.

During his visit to Ukraine in late 2010, the president of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, said that Caracas would buy the systems S-300 missiles that Russia refused to supply Iran because of sanctions imposed by the Security Council UN. The S-300 are considered much more potent than anti-aircraft systems also Tor M-1 to both Venezuela and Iran bought a few years ago.

The tanks and Smerch multiple launch will be acquired by Venezuela thanks to the credit of 2,200 million dollars granted to Caracas to Moscow to buy heavy weapons. United States and Colombia have expressed concern over Russian arms purchases by Venezuela, but Russia says such weapons are not in any way alter the balance of forces in the region.

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