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.

Espada said the issues were discussed with Russian diplomats last Wednesday.

"The Russian side presented information on the armaments that could interest Guatemala's Armed Forces and national police," he said, adding that no specific agreements have been reached yet.

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