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Russia may re-equip Bolivian army within next 10 years — FM

Russia and Bolivia plan to make contact in connection with the requests for reequipping the Bolivian Armed Forces, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday after talks with Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca.

According to Lavrov, the meeting was "constructive and businesslike," the sides discussed the current state of and prospects for the development of bilateral relations, "including trade and investment ties."

"We also touched upon military-technical cooperation. We have a working relevant commission that held a regular meeting last year. Contacts are being prepared on the meeting results in connection with specific requests made by our Bolivian friends in the context of the approved in their country program for the re-equipment of the Bolivian armed forces within the next 10 years," the Russian foreign minister said.

"We'll try to take an active part in these affairs," Lavrov said.

[Source: Itar Tass, Moscow, 12Apr16]

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