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Venezuela to buy 100 Russian main battle tanks
28.06.2012 16:32
Venezuela to buy 100 Russian main battle tanks

Venezuela has almost reached an agreement with Russia for the supply of a new party of one hundred main battle tanks T-72B1V as part of a $4-bln loan secured by Venezuela in 2011 to buy Russian weaponry, reports The Kommersant.

      
Russia completed in March the delivery of 92 modernized T-72B1V MBTs, the Smerch multiple-launch rocket systems and other military equipment to Venezuela under a separate $2.2-bln loan secured by Chavez' government in 2010.

      
Venezuela is a leading importer of Russian arms. Between 2005 and 2007, Caracas signed $4 billion worth of arms deals with Russia to buy Sukhoi fighter jets, combat helicopters, and small arms.

      
Russian loans to Venezuela are secured by Russia’s participation in a number of joint oil projects with Caracas.

      
Russia's state-controlled oil giant Rosneft has recently gained access to the Carabobo 2 block for $1.2 billion paid upfront and a $1-bln loan to Venezuela's state company PDVSA.

      
 

      
Author: Irina Fomina

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