MEXICO CITY – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Mexico is interested in buying equipment and weapons from his country to combat drug trafficking and organized crime.
At a joint press conference with Mexican counterpart Patricia Espinosa, Lavrov said that his country is expanding its weapons sales abroad and has increased the number of supply contracts it has in all regions of the world, a move that is “a purely economic question, not political.”
Regarding the volume of its arms sales, Russia is still “behind the United States, but we’re seeing certain rather serious progress,” Lavrov said.
The Mexican government is interested in acquiring different types of weapons, “including helicopters for coastal monitoring,” and other equipment “to fight drug trafficking and organized crime, that I hope will help our Mexican friends to combat this scourge,” the Russian official said.
The United States is already supplying Mexico with arms and equipment for the drug war.
Espinosa met on Tuesday with her Russian counterpart, who is on an official visit to Mexico to review all aspects of bilateral relations and reach agreement on pushing for new measures to strengthen those links.
Both countries emphasized their interest in signing an Investment Promotion and Reciprocal Protection accord, as well as pushing forward with cooperation agreements in energy, nuclear power, maritime and air transportation and financial and customs cooperation.
Espinosa reiterated Mexico’s invitation for Russia to participate in the events this year to commemorate the bicentennial of the country’s independence from Spain and the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution. EFE