Putin Announces Plans to Sell More Guns to Africa, Asia and Latin America

World Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) chairs a meeting with members of the Security Council at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow January 23, 2015.
Russia is planning to strengthen its presence in the arms dealing market across Asia, Africa and Latin America, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin who addressed members of the Kremlin’s commission for military cooperation with foreign states at the commission’s first annual meeting in Moscow last night.

"Today, new factors and threats necessitate many countries in the world to change their military doctrines and to modernise their national armed forces,” Putin said.

“Russia is going to expand its presence on budding markets such as the Asia-Pacific, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean basin,” Putin added, also telling the committee that Russia will “use its reputation” to leverage deals with new partners.

In what could be seen as a swipe at France, Putin said Russia’s reputation as a supplier is that of “a reliable, predictable partner, that does not shirk to fulfil its commitments regardless of its strategic or political preferences”. France has halted the sale of two Mistral warships to Russia, agreed in 2011, in view of the conflict in Ukraine.

“Russia competes absolutely fairly […]

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