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 decided to impose 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. The diplomatic tension between Ecuador and Russia has escalated and is causing a strain on their relationship.
In December 2023, Noboa announced his intention to get rid of Russian weapons by exchanging them for $200 million in modern equipment from the US. The war artifacts that must be handed over to