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    Uruguay and Russia may sign a military cooperation deal in September, Uruguayan Deputy Defense Minister Jorge Menendez told Sputnik on Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Speaking on the sidelines of the fifth Moscow Conference on International Security, Menendez said that his country’s delegation arrived at the conference with great expectations.

    "We are about to sign a treaty between Russia and Uruguay on defense and military cooperation," the official said.

    "It could be signed in September as the content has already been agreed upon," Menendez added.

    According to him, a number of measures will be taken within the framework of the deal to intensify the cooperation between Moscow and Montevideo "which is already historic."

    Answering a question on whether new contracts on military technology purchases from Russia, the official said it was possible.

    "We have been purchasing military equipment from Russia for many years and maybe afther signing this new treaty we might purchase something else, but so far there are no concrete plans," he told Sputnik.

    Russia’s Rosoboronexport agency for defense exports and imports has established mutually beneficial arms trade ties with several Latin American nations including Uruguay. Montevideo has long been expressing its interest in Russian air defense systems, radars, combat aircraft and helicopters, naval equipment, and small arms.


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