The spokeswoman for the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) of Russia, Valeria Reshétnikova, revealed to Sputnik the progress in the construction of the Kalashnikov rifle production plant in Venezuela.
“Russian specialists have started preparing the process equipment and assembly lines. We hope to launch it in 2022, “said Reshétnikova..
He stressed that despite the epidemiological situation and the sanctioning actions of the US, the final works of the factory are being carried out at a rapid pace in cooperation with Venezuela.
At the beginning of October, the special envoy of the Venezuelan Presidency Adán Chávez visited Moscow and reported that the authorities of his country expect the construction of the Kalashnikov rifle factory to be completed in the second half of next year.
The contract to produce Kalashnikov weapons and ammunition in Venezuela was signed in 2001, but its execution has been delayed since then due to financial issues, US-imposed sanctions and the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.