Ecuador No Longer Wants to Supply Its Soviet-Made Weapons to Washington

Ecuador's capital, Quito - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 17.02.2024
In early January, Ecuador agreed to swap old Soviet equipment for new American armaments, worth around $199 million, as part of a deal with Washington. Moscow had voiced its disapproval of the exchange.
While Washington was planning to procure Soviet equipment from Ecuador and then send it to Ukraine, Ecuador finally changed its mind, Vladimir Sprinchan, Russian ambassador to Ecuador, told Sputnik after a meeting with Ecuador's President Daniel Noboa.

"The Ecuadorian side confirmed that the country, given its neutral status and its membership in the UN, cannot allow itself to be drawn into a conflict alongside anyone. Ecuador's position is not to send weapons and ammunition to hot zones," Vladimir Sprinchan noted.

Mi-171Sh made for the Special Operations forces displayed at the HeliRussia 2018 international helicopter industry exhibition. - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 02.02.2024
Ecuador's Decision to Transfer Russian Equipment to US Made Under Pressure, Moscow Says
In early January, Ecuador accepted Washington's offer to exchange old Soviet equipment for new-generation American armaments, with an estimated value of about $199 milllion. Moscow had expressed its disapproval.
This "reckless" decision was taken "under serious pressure from external interested parties," the spokeswoman for Russian diplomacy, Maria Zakharova, said.