Argentina gifts Ukraine helicopters initially acquired from Russia — report

Javier Milei
Javier Milei
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Argentina has transferred two Mi-171E multipurpose helicopters to Ukraine, having initially received them from Russia, the Financial Times reported on Feb. 29. The transfer was personally approved by Argentinian President Javier Milei.

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According to the report, Milei favors ties with countries that value freedom, including the United States, Israel, and Ukraine. He has "transferred two military helicopters of Russian manufacture," the article says.

Further details of the deal were not disclosed.

Argentina had purchased the helicopters from Russia for transport missions and search and rescue operations in Antarctica. However, due to the helicopters not passing periodic inspections and maintenance—a problem exacerbated by sanctions against Russia—Argentina decided to halt their operation.

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Earlier, Milei announced plans to host a "summit of Latin America support" for Ukraine in 2024. His position contrasts with those of other Latin American leaders such as Brazilian President Lula da Silva and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

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On Nov. 22, 2023, Milei had a telephone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during which he proposed holding a summit in Latin America to discuss the war in Ukraine.

On Dec. 10, 2023, Zelenskyy attended Milei's inauguration ceremony in Buenos Aires.

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