Rosoboronexport: Moscow not using its arms exports as 'lever of political pressure'

Russia is prepared to offer access to technologies that would permit the production of Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets in Brazil, Sergei Ladygin, deputy general director of Russia's state-run arms trader Rosoboronexport, told reporters on the sidelines of the LAAD Defense and Security Exhibition in Rio de Janeiro.

Russia is prepared to offer access to technologies that would permit the production of Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets in Brazil, Sergei Ladygin, deputy general director of Russia's state-run arms trader Rosoboronexport, told reporters on the sidelines of the LAAD Defense and Security Exhibition in Rio de Janeiro.

"We are engaged in dialogue with a number of leading Brazilian companies implementing a series of major projects, including those linked with air defense means. Negotiations concerning aircraft were held as well. By the way, when we participated in a FX-2 tender with our most advanced Su-35 fighter jet, we offered a broad program to transfer technologies, even including the opening of these fighter jets' production on the territory of Brazil," Ladygin said.

However, these talks have not been as vigorous as Russia would like them to be, he said.

"I would say that we are now laying the foundation for our future technological partnership, which will be solid and intended for the long term," Ladygin said.

The deputy general director of Rosoboronexport also reiterated that Russia was not using arms exports or transfers of technologies as a "lever of political pressure."

"We are absolutely independent in our policy aimed at promoting military cooperation with different countries and respect the independence of our partners," he added.

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