Russia is a priority partner for Vietnam to develop military-technological cooperation with, but Hanoi is also entitled to develop such cooperation with other countries, says Russian Ambassador to Hanoi Konstantin Vnukov.
"The Russian Federation is legitimately viewed as a priority partner for Vietnam in the military-technological cooperation sector. The leadership of the Vietnamese National Defense Ministry, which usually highly praises cooperation with our country in this sector, has repeatedly declared this," Vnukov said in an interview with Interfax.
"At the same time, we acknowledge Vietnam's right to diversify its military-technological ties," Vnukov said when asked about Moscow's attitude toward Washington's decision at the end of 2014 to lift an arms embargo from Vietnam and whether Russia expected tougher competition with the U.S. on the Vietnamese weapons market.
"Our Vietnamese friends perfectly know about and highly value Russia's willingness to further strengthen and expand military-technological interaction with Vietnam, which is not conditioned by any political stipulations, is aimed exclusively at improving Vietnam's defense capability and is not targeted at third countries," Vnukov said.
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