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Weekly Report - 05 May 2016 (WR-16-17)

NICARAGUA: Military cooperation with Russia raises eyebrows

The announcement by the Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) government led by President Daniel Ortega of plans to purchase new Russian tanks has grabbed attention. Indicative of burgeoning bilateral cooperation which has gathered pace since Ortega took office for a second term in 2007, the announcement has attracted attention not only from the local political opposition but also the US and neighbouring Costa Rica, which has historically tense relations with Nicaragua due to their various territorial disputes.

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