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Putin pushes export of Russian combat-tested weapons

President Vladimir Putin on Monday promoted Russian weapons to his foreign allies, saying they were all battlefield-tested.

In televised remarks at the opening of a military forum outside Moscow, Putin said, “We are asking allies and partners to equip us with the latest technology, from small arms to armored vehicles and artillery, to fighter jets and unmanned aerial vehicles. We are ready to provide type weapons,” he said.

He said Russian weapons are highly regarded by military experts for their “reliability, quality and most importantly, high efficiency.”

“Almost all of them have been used multiple times in actual combat operations,” he added.

President Putin praised Russia’s “many” allies find Russia increasingly isolated since its military intervention in neighboring Ukraine began.

Washington and Brussels are imposing crippling sanctions on Moscow and pressing President Putin to seek new markets and strengthen ties with countries in Africa and Asia.

“We are very grateful that our country has many allies, partners and like-minded people on different continents. .

he added that Russia “We value historically strong, friendly and truly trusting relationships” with countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa.

Russia It is the world’s second-largest arms exporter after the United States, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SPIRI), but its export value has been steadily declining in recent years.

But Sergei Kemezov, head of state-owned defense conglomerate Rostec, said on Monday that the military action in Ukraine had not affected arms exports.

“This year, we have already signed contracts with foreign customers of more than 1 trillion rubles ($16 billion), which is higher than the annual figure of the last decade,” Chemezov said at a forum on Russia. was quoted by the media outlets of

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/08/15/putin-pushes-russias-combat-tested-arms-for-export-a78577 Putin pushes export of Russian combat-tested weapons

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