Vietnam to continue buying weapons from Russia - defense minister

Vietnam will continue to buy weapons in Russia, Vietnamese Defense Minister Phung Quang Thanh told journalists following negotiations with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

"We discussed issues related to the training of Vietnamese servicemen at Russian colleges and touched upon the theme of military-technological cooperation. Vietnam is continuing to actively interact with Russia in this area and will continue to buy weapons and military hardware in the Russian Federation," he said.

The Vietnamese minister said his Russian counterpart and he also discussed steps to broaden interaction between services and branches of the Russian and Vietnamese armed forces and between the main directorates of the two defense ministries in the foreseeable future.

Vietnam supports Russia at conferences between ASEAN defense ministers, including on a dialogue to take place in Brunei later this year, he said.

The leadership of the Vietnamese armed forces welcomes Shoigu's visit to Vietnam, Thanh said. "This means that Russia attaches great significance to strengthening and developing traditionally friendly relations of strategic partnership with Vietnam," he said.

Thanh added that Shoigu and he exchanged opinions on relevant regional and international issues.

"We discussed agreements and relations that have been achieved at a high level between the leaders of our countries. These are relations of strengthening strategic partnership between Vietnam and Russia. We exchanged opinions on such issues as exchanges between delegations at all levels, including the high one, in order to expand our ties and strengthen the traditionally friendly relations between our countries," he said.

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