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Bolivian Delegation to visit Russia and sign agreement on military cooperation.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, right, and Bolivian President Evo Morales seen during their meeting in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, April 2, 2010. Bolivian President Evo Morales met in private with Putin at Chavez's presidential palace Friday night. Bolivia is requesting a loan from Russia to buy helicopters to help combat drug trafficking, Morales said. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Pool)

Bolivian Defense Minister Ruben Saavedra confirmed here that he will travel to Russia on April 26, heading an official delegation that will sign agreements on military cooperation.

Saavedra told Radio Patria Nueva that the delegation will deal with the acquisition of multipurpose helicopters to fight drug trafficking and manage natural disasters.

The total investment, initially estimated at 150 million dollars, will be negotiated after Bolivia presents its needs to Russia to modernize the military.

In March, Russian Ambassador to Bolivia Leonid Golubev told Prensa Latina that his country was interested in investing in Bolivia in such fields as natural gas. READ MORE HERE.