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Russia Ready To Reduce Price Of Arms For Collective Security Treaty Allies

ASTANA -- Russia says it is ready to sell arms to its partners in a regional security grouping at a reduced price, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

The statement was made by the head of the Russian delegation to the KADEX-2010 arms exhibition that opened in Astana today.

Esen Topyev, an adviser to the general director of Russian arms exporter Rosoboroneksport and a former Kyrgyz defense minister, told journalists that his company offers Kazakhstan and other member-states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization not only weapons at favorable prices, but also opportunities to create joint ventures and projects.

The CSTO groups together Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.