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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ecuador’s Leader to Seek Arms During Russia Trip

QUITO, Ecuador — Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said Saturday that he would travel to Russia later this month to strengthen ties aimed in part at enhancing his country’s defenses.

Correa is a critic of Washington and an ally of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who is building up his military with Russian weapons.

“We are going to go to Russia to open new markets and establish mechanisms of cooperation in the area of defense,” Correa said in a televised address. “We need to recover the operational capacity of our military.”

Correa did not specify the type of deals he will seek to sign with Russia or the exact schedule of his trip.

(Reuters)