the gist During an arms fair held near Moscow on Monday, August 15, Vladimir Putin reiterated that Russia is ready to develop “international cooperation in the field of armaments.” The head of state shakes hands with the countries of Latin America, Asia and Africa in particular.
This is a worrying statement made by Vladimir Putin just in connection with the war in Ukraine. Speaking at an arms fair near Moscow on Monday, August 15, the Russian President reiterated that Russia was ready to develop “international armaments cooperation” and sell arms to its allies. The head of state also wants to develop new military technologies.
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“We intend to actively develop international cooperation in the field of armaments in order to create new weapons and military equipment,” Vladimir Putin said clearly. Today, Russia maintains warm contacts with the countries of Latin America, Asia and Africa and is able to supply them with weapons and air defense systems.” According to the head of state, Russia “is ready to offer its partners and allies the most modern types of weapons. From small arms to armored vehicles and artillery to fighter jets and drones.
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In front of 1,500 participants, Vladimir Putin praised the country’s rearmament and went even further in his speech: he said he wanted to “ban all forms of Russophobia and neo-Nazism”. Between 2017 and 2021, Russia has established itself as the second largest arms exporter in the world, according to the Stockholm Institute (Sipri) report, holding almost 19% of the world market. In addition, the director of Russia’s Federal Agency for Armaments Cooperation, Dmitry Shugaev, announced on Monday that Russia had signed new arms export contracts worth $16 billion in 2022.