Russia continue selling weapons in Latin America, now Peru buys eight helicopters.
MI-35 helicopter. Photo: RIA Novosti
The russian news agency Novosti anounced today that Peru will buy eight Russian helicopters to use them in anti-drug operations. Peru is one of South America’s main cocaine producers along with Bolivia and Colombia, the country’s El Commercio paper said Friday.
In a press conference , Peru’s Defence Minister Rafael Rey has said that six Mi-17 transport helicopters and two Mi-35 attack helicopters will be bought at a cost of $250 million.They will be used to fight ‘drug terrorism’ in the Valley of the Apurimac and Ene River, the paper said in its online edition.
The area was declared a zone of military operations in August 2009 as fighting between the government troops and the maoist Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso) guerrilla group intensified. The group Shining Path, is regarded by Peru and U.S.A. as a terrorist organization, and is believed to have strong ties with drug traffickers. The simbiosis is similar to the one of FARC with the drug trafficking in Colombia. The group Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso) is on the U.S. and EU lists of terrorist organizations.
In November 2008, Moscow and Lima signed an agreement on cooperation in fighting illegal drug traffic.