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President buying plane from Russia

September 13, 2009|Times Wire Reports

President Evo Morales has decided to buy a presidential plane from Russia after Moscow offered to set up an aircraft maintenance center in the South American nation.

Defense Minister Walker San Miguel announced in early August that Bolivia had agreed to purchase an Antonov presidential plane with satellite phone, Internet links and a meeting room from Russia for $30 million.

Morales postponed the purchase, but said his government has now decided to buy it because of the offer to set up a service center for Russian planes in Bolivia.

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