Guatemala Interested in Russian Weapons in Exchange for Food
Guatemala's vice-president has said his country is interested in buying Russian aircraft, armored vehicles, and other armaments in exchange for food.
Monday, March 2, 2009
"Guatemala is interested in acquiring aircraft, armored vehicles, and other armaments to fight organized crime. We could pay, as the Russian side suggests, with sugar and coffee for the arms deliveries," Rafael Espada told the Prensa Libre newspaper.
The enlargement of the country's territorial sea, granted in the ruling by The Hague, is the justification to reinforce Nicaragua's military naval capability.
As this is a matter of national security, the government will begin the process for purchasing 33,000 firearms without a tender.
The Ministry of Interior has initiated a plan for renewal of its weapons and will soon launch a tender for eight thousand 9mm pistols.
The country's Ministry of Security has negotiated directly with the Austrian manufacturer, Glock, to buy 13 thousand handguns for $7.9 million.
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