Sunday, December 6, 2009

Ukraine, Brazil may sign deal about Oplot tanks supply by spring 2010

Kyiv (INTERFAX). November 5, 2009. A contract with Brazil about the supply of Ukrainian tanks may be signed by spring of 2010, Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has said. "I believe that the contract will appear in few months, because they (representatives of Brazil) will send a task force to Ukraine by January 15, which will be working to prepare a relevant agreement, analyzing technical and financial aspects, and I believe that by spring we will have the contract signed," she said while addressing the workers of the Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau (KMDB) in Kharkiv on Saturday, November 5. The premier noted that the Brazilian Defense Minister Nelson Jobim, who was in Kharkiv during the visit of his country's delegation to Ukraine, saw the Ukrainian Oplot tank and took a great interest it. After this she was listening for half an hour for the minister, "who was excitedly telling her about the Oplot, as if it already had been his tank," Tymoshenko added.