Venezuela receives four Russian helicopters

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Venezuela Friday received four Russian helicopters as the first delivery of the country's purchase, which coincided with the visit by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

The MI-17s are part of the 38 helicopters Venezuela ordered from Russia in 2006.

"These are very important cooperation fruits between Russia and Venezuela", Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said after his six-hour meeting with Putin.

The four helicopters were offloaded at the Maiquetia Airport, 30 km north of Caracas.

Chavez announced on Friday the purchase from Russia of at least one hydroplane, Beriev-200, to fight fires.

Putin said that the hydroplane "is an amphibious plane unique in the world to fight fires with reaction engines and a speed of 700 km per hour."

Venezuela and Russia also signed other trade and cooperation agreements on Friday.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:赵晨雁)

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