Russian, Japanese deputy defense ministers mull prospects of bilateral military cooperation

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov and Japanese Vice Defense Minister Hideshi Tokuchi met in Singapore on May 31 in the sidelines of the Shagri-La Dialogue international security conference.

"The sides discussed the present state and prospects of bilateral military cooperation and also several pressing regional security problems," a report of the Russian Defense Ministry press service and information department received by Interfax says.

Speaking at the conference last Saturday Antonov noted that "bilateral agreements on the prevention of dangerous military activities near each other\'s borders" make a considerable contribution to confidence-building. "We already have such understandings with the U.S., Canada, China and South Korea. We expect to sign similar agreements with Japan and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea," he said.


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