BUENOS AIRES, Aug. 5. (ITAR-TASS). Bolivia intends to formally appeal to Russia for a loan worth about $ 100 million for the purchase of the presidential aircraft, and various weapons, told the South American republic, Defense Minister Walker San Miguel.
According to him, the Russian loan will help replace outdated equipment, serving the past 20 years, Bolivia, in particular, helicopters, trucks, boats. "Thanks to cooperation with Russia Bolivia mark may acquire aircraft Antonov, specially equipped for the work of the Head of State", - noted the Minister of Defense. He added that the cost of the presidential aircraft is approximately 30 million dollars, and apart from the modern equipment on board will be a hall for meetings.
In turn, Russian Ambassador in La Paz, Leonid Golubev told that the aircraft for the President of Bolivia may come as early as 2011. He stressed that Russia was ready to cooperate with Bolivia in all directions. "After a historic official visit of President Evo Morales of Bolivia to Russia, our country entered a new phase of cooperation, a more intense, more productive and constructive", - said Russian diplomat.
In the first official visit to Russia President of Bolivia in February this year, agreements were signed on cooperation in energy sphere, combating drug trafficking, and military-technical cooperation.