BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil says it is entering talks to buy Russian anti-aircraft defense systems, in part to provide security during the 2016 Olympic Games.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday hosted Russian Prime Minister Dimitri Medvedev. They talked about trade, education and military ties. A Brazilian Defense Ministry statement said it has received the "green light" to move ahead with an arms deal.
Brazil wants to buy three batteries of medium level Pantsir-S1 missiles and two batteries of Igla missiles. Officials would not estimate a price tag for the deal. Gen. Jose Carlos De Nardi is the head of the joint chiefs of staff. He says Brazil hopes to have the defense systems in place before the Olympics.