Russian President Vladimir
Putin said on Monday that Moscow valued its ties with countries in Latin
America, Asia, and Africa and was ready to offer modern weapons to its allies.
President Putin used a speech
at an arms show near Moscow to boast of Russia’s advanced weapons capabilities
and declare its willingness to share technology with like-minded countries.
“(We) are ready to offer
our allies the most modern types of weapons, from small arms to armored
vehicles and artillery to combat aviation and unmanned aerial vehicles,”
President Putin said at the opening ceremony of the “Army-2022” forum
“Almost all of them have
been used more than once in real combat operations.”
He was speaking nearly six
months into Russia’s war in Ukraine, where Moscow has suffered repeated
setbacks and heavy losses.
Western military analysts say
the poor performance of Russian troops and weaponry could make its arms exports
less attractive to potential buyers, such as India, which have heavily relied
on its technology in the past.