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Kalashnikovs for Caracas

Kalashnikovs for Caracas
An air display by Russian fighter jets opened a military parade in capital Caracas, marking Venezuelan Independence Day. The nation was demonstrating its recent arms purchases, including thousands of up-graded Russian Kalashnikov assault rifles.

Weapons designer Mikhail Kalashnikov was among the guests.

Venezuela is signing defence deals worth around $U.S.2.7 billion. The south American state and Russia are finalising talks which could see Venezuela manufacturing Kalashnikov arms.