Argentina considers buying weapons from Moscow

October 27, 2006 19:39


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Argentina is interested in buying military helicopters and air defense missiles from Russia, the country's visiting defense minister said Friday. Nilda Garre said after the talks with her Russian counterpart, Sergei Ivanov, that her country also wanted to purchase air traffic control systems from Russia. Argentinian officials have handed a list of weapons and other equipment the country wants to buy, Ivanov said, adding that a bilateral commission would work out specific issues. Russia is already supplying arms to Venezuela, including helicopters, Sukhoi warplanes and 100,000 Kalashnikov rifles worth an estimated US$3 billion (€2.4 billion). Leftist Argentine President Nestor Kirchner has close ties with anti-US/ Israel Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez.

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