Putin pushes Russian battle-tested weapons for export


President Vladimir Putin on Monday promoted Russian weapons to his foreign allies, saying they had all been tested on the battlefield.

“We are ready to offer our allies and partners the most modern types of weapons – from small arms, to armored vehicles and artillery, to combat aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles,” Putin said. during a televised address at the opening of a military forum outside Moscow.

He said that Russian weapons are appreciated by professional military personnel for their “reliability, quality and, above all, high efficiency”.

“Almost all have been used more than once in actual combat operations,” he added.

Putin also hailed Russia’s ‘many’ allies as the country finds itself increasingly isolated since the start of the military intervention in neighboring Ukraine.

Washington and Brussels have hit Moscow with a barrage of crippling sanctions, pushing Putin to seek new markets and strengthen ties with nations in Africa and Asia.

“We highly value that our country has many allies, partners and like-minded people on different continents. These are states that do not bow to the so-called hegemon,” Putin said.

He added that Russia “maintains historically strong, friendly and genuinely trusting ties” with countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa.

Russia is the world’s second-largest arms exporter after the United States, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SPIRI), but in recent years its export figures have steadily declined.

However, the head of the state-owned defense conglomerate Rostec, Sergei Chemezov, said on Monday that military actions in Ukraine had not affected arms exports.

“This year we have already signed contracts with foreign customers worth more than one trillion rubles ($16 billion). This figure exceeds some annual figures of the last 10 years,” Chemezov said during the forum, cited by Russian news agencies.


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