Putin says ready to offer modern weapons to Latin America, Africa

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Putin says ready to offer modern weapons to Latin America, Africa

LONDON - 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.

Putin spoke at an arms show near Moscow to boast Russia's advanced weapons capabilities and declare its willingness to share technology with like-minded countries.

Putin said at the opening ceremony of the Army- 2022 forum near Moscow that they are ready to offer our allies the most modern types of weapons, from small arms to armoured vehicles and artillery to combat aviation and unmanned aerial vehicles.

Almost all of them have been used in real combat operations. He spoke about 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 relies heavily on its technology in the past.