Russia to expand weaponry sales to Southeast Asia

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Russia is ready to develop military and technical cooperation with new markets in Southeast Asia, Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said at an Asia-Pacific security forum on Monday.

“This effort will be facilitated by Russia’s expanding potential for the export of new armaments and the broader range of services for their after-sale maintenance and also the economic development rates and the desire of the region’s countries to diversify the sources of military hardware supplies,” the Russian deputy defense minister said.

Moscow will host an international military and technical forum, Army-2015, in June. New contracts on the supply of armaments and military hardware may be signed on the forum’s sidelines, the deputy defense minister said.

Russia counts on the active participation of Southeast Asian countries in this important event, Antonov said.

“Russia has quite large experience in military and technical cooperation with certain Southeast Asian states, such as Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia,” the Russian deputy defense minister said.

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