During Putin´s visit to Chavez, Russia sell tanks and anti-aircraft missile systems to Venezuela. U.S.A. is worried.
Venezuela is a very good buyer of Russian weapons.
Russia will sell weapons worth around $5 billion to Venezuela, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said, after returning to Moscow from a recent trip to Caracas where he met with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. The figure includes a $2.2 billion loan Moscow offered to Caracas, UPI reports. Putin noted the orders would be distributed among 13 Russian defense companies.
Chavez is a god customer of russian weapons. His country during the past five years has ordered from Russia weapons worth around $4.4 billion. They include 24 Sukhoi Su-30MK2 fighter jets, 50 attack and transport helicopters from Russia’s Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, a dozen missile systems and 100,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles, Defensenews.com writes.
Experts say the new orders would likely be posted for Russian tanks (the T-72 and its successor, the highly modern T-90, both built by Uralvagonzavod) and anti-aircraft missile systems such as the SA-20 Gargoyle produced by Russia’s NPO Almaz. Washington is worried by the Venezuelan military expansion. Peru and its President Alan García worried about the existance of a rearmament in Latin America. Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, a bitter enemy of Chavez, at the World Economic Forum for Latin America this week called the increased military spending in the region “enormously harmful.” READ MORE HERE.