Russian Defence Minister met his Bolivian colleague at the International military and technical forum “Army-2016”

Prior to the opening of the International military and technical forum “Army-2016”, the Russian Defence Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu met his colleague,  the Minister of national defence of Bolivia Reymi Ferreira.

The Head of the Russian military department noted that the Forum “Army-2016” was an effective platform for establishing contacts and collaboration with the industry and the science.

The ministers of defence of Russia and Bolivia Sergei Shoigu and Reymi Ferreira signed an Agreement on military cooperation.

“This document will provide a firm legal framework for our further military and, I hope, future military-technical cooperation,” stressed the Russian Defence Minister at the signing ceremony.

Reymi Ferreira thanked Sergei Shoigu for invitation to the International military and technical forum and gave “the cordial greetings of the President of Bolivia Evo Morales”.

“We know about the high quality of the Russian armament, moreover, we are interested in development of relationships in other spheres,” said the Minister of national defence of Bolivia.

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

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday held talks with Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca

MOSCOW, April 12. /TASS/. 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.