Russia and Zimbabwe in platinum/helicopter deal?

Russia and Zimbabwe in platinum/helicopter deal?

29-Jun-2012 Source:

Russian newspaper Kommersant are reporting that Zimbabwe is in talks with Russia for the supply of military helicopters in exchange for platinum deposits.  The privately-owned news source says “Russian Technologies has already secured preliminary support from Zimbabwe’s official representatives during its visit to the country in April,” quoting a source within the Russian presidential administration.

Zim authorities were interested in the supply of Russia arms, particularly military helicopters.  “The issue being discussed is the transfer to Russian Technologies of the rights to develop the deposit in exchange for the supply of helicopters,” the source said, later confirming the state corporation’s interest in Zimbabwe’s Darwendale project.

Darwendale has platinum reserves of 19 tons and total resources of 755 tons taking into account other metals, such as palladium, gold, nickel, copper and others.

No helicopter type is being quoted

Jeremy Parkin –

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