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Russia, Venezuela negotiate military aircraft supplies

RIA Novosti

11/07/2006 13:29 MOSCOW, July 11 (RIA Novosti) - Russia is in talks with Venezuela over supplies of the Su-family military aircraft, a state-owned arms exporter said Tuesday.

"The talks over supplies of military aircraft to Venezuela are under way," said Ivan Goncharenko, a deputy general director of Rosoboronexport. "We are satisfied with how the negotiations are progressing."

Military-technical cooperation between Moscow and Caracas has been increasing since Rosoboronexport and the Venezuelan government signed contracts on arms supplies in 2005.

Russia delivered three out of 15 Mi-17 V5 Hip-H multipurpose helicopters to Venezuela in March 2006 and supplied the country with the first 30,000 of 100,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles under a $54 million contract in early June.

Goncharenko said the two countries had been negotiating the sales of several dozen of Su-30MK Flanker C air superiority fighters to replace its contingent of U.S. F-16 multi-role fighters after Washington imposed an embargo on arms sales to the country.

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