Venezuela is the largest operator of Russian armaments and military hardware in the Latin American region.
Venezuela has amassed an impressive array of state-of-the-art weaponry from its key strategic ally, the Russian Federation, who have fulfilled over 10 contracts to deliver arms to the Bolivarian Republic.
The revelation was made by the head of the Russian delegation to the Expodefensa 2017 arms exhibition in Colombia, Deputy Director of the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation Anatoly Punchuk. The exhibition is being held from Dec. 4-6, told TASS.
The period of using the Russian government’s loan provided to Venezuela has ended,” Punchuk said.
“The Russian side has fully implemented its obligations to the Venezuelan partners. We have delivered all the armaments to the foreign customer under the contracts concluded earlier.”
In 2010, Russia loaned Venezuela $US4 billion to buy weapons when Chavez visited Moscow in 2010. It is unclear if any MANPADS missiles were part of that deal.
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