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Evo Morales buying Russian weapons on credit

Friday, June 26th, 2009

On the endless stream of glum news from our hemisphere, this is particularly bad:

Bolivia busca apoyo ruso para potenciar sus fuerzas armadas

Bolivia golpea a las puertas de Rusia, una potencia militar mundial, para reemplazar su obsoleto equipo bélico, según un diplomático ruso en La Paz, lo que de materializarse permitiría al país andino reforzar su capacidad en este ámbito.

El embajador ruso en Bolivia, Leonid Golubev, señaló que su país está en condiciones de modernizar el armamento y equipos militares bolivianos, a partir de un compromiso de crédito acordado en Moscú entre los presidentes Evo Morales y Dimitri Medvedev, a mediados de febrero pasado.

”Todo lo que pide el gobierno de Bolivia nosotros estamos dispuestos a cumplir. Podemos decir que el Ejército boliviano va a estar bien modernizado y va a responder a los países que lo rodean”, dijo Golubev, citado por el diario La Razón.

(My translation: if you use this translation, please credit me and link to this post)

Bolivia seeks Russian support in updating its armed forces
Bolivia’s knocking at the door of Russia, a world military power, to replace its obsolete war equipment, according to a Russian diplomat in La Paz, which, were it to materialize, will allow the Andean country to strengthen its military capacity.

The Russian ambassador in Bolivia, Leonid Golubev, indicated that his country is willing to modernize Bolivia’s military equipment and armaments, starting with a credit agreement between presidents Evo Morales y Dimitri Medvedev from mid-February.

“We are willing to provide everything the Bolivian government requests. We can say that the Bolivian armny will be well modernized and will respond to its surrounding countries,” Golubev declared to Bolivian daily La Razón.

Bearing in mind the historically strained Chile and Peru, the growing drug trade in Bolivia, and Iran’s growing influence in Bolivia, this is very bad news.

And that’s only the beginning, folks.