The Russian automaker AvtoVAZ shipped 96 car kits to the Uruguayan car assembly company Oferol located in Montevideo, the AvtoVAZ press center reported. Oferol, supported by another Uruguayan company Rusia Automotriz S.A., has now all the necessary facilities to assemble AvtoVAZ Niva offroad cars.
The car production will start in July 2003. The total AvtoVAZ export of car kits to Uruguay will amount to 1,920 this year. The cars assembled in Uruguay are intended for sale in Uruguay, Chili, Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.
In 2003, AvtoVAZ plans to produce about 690,000 cars.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a briefing in Beijing that the question about the shipment of S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems to Syria had not been resolved yet. However, Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad said that S-300 missile systems had been delivered to Syria last month
Representatives of the Israeli Defence Ministry responded to recent reports about the possible delivery of S-300 SAM systems from Russia to Syria. Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel would destroy those systems