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Putin says he is “ready to offer” his allies, including in Latin America, the “most modern” military armament

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday his country is ready to distribute advanced weapons across the world, including in Latin America, which he says are superior to other weapons systems.

“Russia sincerely cherishes the strong, friendly and genuinely trusting historical ties with the states of Latin America, Asia and Africa and is ready to offer its partners and allies the most modern types of weapons,” he said. said Putin at the opening of the Army-International Military-Technical Forum 2022 outside Moscow. “From small arms to armored vehicles and artillery, to combat aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles.”

Putin added that “almost all” of the weapons he is willing to sell around the world have been used in combat more than once and claimed Russian-made products are superior to those made by foreign rivals.

“Many of them are years or even decades ahead of their foreign counterparts, and in terms of tactical and technical characteristics they are significantly superior to them,” Putin said.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech to participants of the All-Russian Bolshaya Peremena competition for school students

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech to participants of the All-Russian Bolshaya Peremena competition for school students
(MIKHAIL METZEL/SPOUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images)

Rebekah Koffler, a former U.S. DIA intelligence officer specializing in Russia and author of “Putin’s Book: Russia’s Secret Plan to Defeat America,” told Fox News Digital that Putin’s comments show his desire to push his country’s influence around the world.

“Putin is reaching out to all corners of the world, especially now that Russia is isolated by Western sanctions,” Koffler said. “He’s trying to invoke his own version of the Monroe Doctrine in his quest for influence that the Russians think we’re violating by trying to democratize countries like Ukraine.”

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Koffler explained that Russia’s overtures to Latin American allies such as Venezuela and Cuba have “intensified” in recent months and could be part of a plan to potentially establish military bases in the region.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, attends the Victory Day military parade marking the 77th anniversary of the end of World War II

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, attends the Victory Day military parade marking the 77th anniversary of the end of World War II
(Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool photo via AP)

Koffler said Putin is telling the world he thinks Russia’s “value system is superior” and that by presenting a united front with his dictator-led allies in the Western Hemisphere he is “upsetting the American influence” and attempts to “demonstrate that their regimes are just as legitimate as democratic regimes.”

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Putin’s statement also signals that he “needs additional revenue” in light of US sanctions stemming from Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, Koffler said. He is also “always interested in supporting other authoritarian regimes”.

While Koffler acknowledged that Russian weapons may not be as sophisticated as American weapons in all areas, the country is considered by the Pentagon to be a “close equal” competitor in that department and weapons ranging from AKs -47 to S-400 surface-to-air missile systems could end up in the hands of groups around the world that pose a “long-term threat” of “killing Americans.”

Russian servicemen march in a military parade on Victory Day, which marks the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II

Russian servicemen march in a military parade on Victory Day, which marks the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II
(REUTERS/Shamil Joumatov)

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“It’s not just Latin America, but it’s over,” Koffler said of Putin’s plans to ship weapons to allies. “It’s China, North Korea and Iran too.”

Russia ranks second only to the United States with arms sales of around $15 billion a year, almost a fifth of the global export market. From 2017 to 2021, 73% of those sales went to just four countries – India, China, Egypt and Algeria – according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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