Russia to step up defense cooperation with Asia-Pacific countries

Defense cooperation to remain within framework of international treaties, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said.

Keeping in mind attempts by certain states to disrupt the military-political balance in the region, Russia will increase its bilateral military and defense cooperation with countries in the Asia-Pacific, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov was cited by Sputnik News as saying.

"Attempts by certain states to change the military-political balance in the Asia-Pacific Region raise serious concerns,” Antonov said, according to the report. “This entails bringing new weaponry to the region and the gradual build-up of military activity.”

He added that defense cooperation would be within the framework of international treaties.

“In the near future we plan to finish the preparation of similar agreements with Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Republic of Korea, Thailand and the Philippines,” Antonov said, according to the report.

All rights reserved by Rossiyskaya Gazeta.