Russian President Putin says he is ready to provide military equipment to Latin American allies

Russian President Putin says he is ready to provide military equipment to Latin American allies

Updated on August 18, 2022 17:44 PM by Andrew Koschiev

According to Putin, the Russian military is set to distribute advanced weapons around the world, including Latin America, which he says are superior to other weapons. According to Putin, Russians cherish their strong, friendly, and trusting ties with Latin America, Asia, and Africa, and they are ready to offer the best weapons to their allies and partners. In addition to small arms, armored vehicles, artillery, combat aircraft, and unmanned aerial vehicles, the equipment also includes armored vehicles.

As Putin points out, "almost all" of the weapons he wants to sell internationally were used in combat multiple times, and Russian products are superior to those from abroad. As far as tactical and technical capabilities are concerned, many of them are years or even decades ahead of their foreign counterparts. According to Rebekah Koffler, author of "Putin's Playbook: Russia's Secret Plan to Defeat America," Putin's comments indicate he is seeking global influence for his nation.

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As western sanctions isolate Russia, Putin approaches every corner of the globe in an attempt to gain influence. In doing so, he invokes a version of the Monroe Doctrine that the Russians believe we are violating by democratizing countries like Ukraine." There has been an intensification of Russian overtures to Latin American allies such as Venezuela and Cuba in recent months, regarding the possible establishment of military bases there.

In Kofferler's opinion, Putin is trying to demonstrate the superiority of his "value system" by forming a united front with dictatorships in the Western Hemisphere to counter the influence of the US. In addition, dictatorships "demonstrate that they are just as legitimate as democratic governments." Among his interests is supporting fellow authoritarian regimes, according to Koffler. The ongoing U.S. sanctions against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine contribute to Putin's desire for additional revenue.

The Pentagon still considers Russian weapons to be "near-peer" competitors in that area, even though Koffler acknowledged that Russian weapons were not as sophisticated as American weapons in every area. Weapons like the AK-47 as well as the S-400 surface-to-air missiles may end up in the hands of groups that pose a "long-term threat" to American citizens. There are plans to ship weapons to allies beyond Latin America, Koffler said. "They include China, North Korea, and Iran as well."

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, over 73% of Russia's arms sales between 2017 and 2021 were to India, China, Egypt, and Algeria. Russia sells arms to the United States for $15 billion yearly, nearly a fifth of global exports.

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