17 Oct 2009 20:08

Bolivia leader, Russian official discuss energy, cooperation, arms trade

COCHABAMBA, Bolivia. Oct 17 (Interfax) - Bolivian President Evo Morales and the secretary of the Russian Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev, at a meeting on Saturday, discussed energy cooperation and weapons trade between their countries, Patrushev said.

The meeting was held in Cochabamba.

"A wide range of issues has been given consideration, including energy cooperation, joint production of hydrocarbons, issues of military technological cooperation, and joint projects in the ore-mining industry," Patrushev told Interfax.

He said Bolivia is showing interest in buying Antonov An-148 airplanes from Russia.

The results of the Morales-Patrushev meeting also included an agreement to speed up setting up a Bolivian-Russian intergovernmental commission.

Patrushev is visiting Bolivia as a special guest to a summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA).