(posted Oct. 1, 10:20 a.m.)- The Russian government is prepared to supply Nicaragua with equipment and weapons aid the war on drugs, according to Viktor Ivanov, head of Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service, as quoted by Russian media.
Ivanov reportedly made the announcement today in Moscow following a meeting with Nicaraguan Police Chief Aminta Granera, who has been in Russia since last week.
Russian media outlet RT quoted Granera as saying that Nicaragua was grateful for Russia’s offer of “specialized equipment, which will strengthen the ability of Nicaraguan police to deter crime.”
During the first meeting between Ivanov and Granera held last February in Managua, the Russian drug tsar promised a new Russian-funded anti-narcotics training center in Nicaragua. That pledge of support has not been mentioned since.
Specifics regarding the type of equipment and weapons that Russia is now promising Nicaragua, or the cost of that drug-war package, were not immediately available. The Nicaraguan government has not yet commented on the media reports from Moscow.
Nicaragua has, however, dramatically increased its military aid from Russia over the past few years. A source tells The Nicaragua Dispatch that Russia last year provided Nicaragua with $26.5 million in military aid, compared to about $3 million from the U.S. military.