Ecuador is facing a delicate situation in its relations with Russia after openly announcing its intention to send its Russian weapons, considered obsolete, to the United States in exchange for more modern military equipment. The government of President Daniel Noboa claims that the measure is a way of strengthening the country’s internal security. However, the decision did not please the Kremlin, which accuses Quito of violating contracts made with Russia at the time of purchasing these weapons and of giving in to pressure from Washington.
The diplomatic tension caused by the arms exchange agreement between Ecuador and the USA appears to be generating negative commercial repercussions for the South American country. Russia has imposed several measures against the import of Ecuadorian bananas, which the Ecuadorian government sees as a measure of retaliation for Noboa’s decision to hand over the weapons.
Russia’s ambassador in Quito was the first to take a stand against sending Russian weapons to the United States, stating that such weapons may still be in good working order and that Ecuador could not transfer war material without Moscow’s consent. This statement sparked an intense debate on social media, with some users expressing their support for Noboa’s decision while others criticized it as an act of betrayal towards Russia.
The situation is escalating and is causing a strain on the relationship between Ecuador and Russia. According to sources close to Kremlin officials, there are plans underway to reduce Russian imports from Ecuador and other Latin American countries in response to what they view as unfriendly actions towards their interests. This move could have significant economic consequences for Ecuador, which heavily relies on exports to foreign markets like Russia for revenue.