Russia plans more military cooperation with APR countries

Russia plans to strengthen peace and stability - Antonov

The current regional security system based on a network of closed military alliances does not meet the interests and concerns of every state in the Asia-Pacific Region (APR), Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said at the Shangri-La Dialogue, an international security conference in the Asia-Pacific Region, on Sunday.

"Closed military blocs are an element of the past. We propose mutually-respectful partnership, recognition of the nations' right to decide their future, rule out any attempts to provide own safety at the expense of others'," he said.

"The current regional security system based mainly on a network of closed military alliance does not help create an atmosphere of trust and mutual understanding, does not meet the interests and concerns of all the APR states," Antonov said.

"Russia, with the support from China and Brunei, came up with an initiative to devise framework principles to strengthen security and develop cooperation in the APR," the deputy minister said.

Moscow "believes it would be right to ensure synergy of the proposals being made. The main thing is to find such parameters that would suit all participants, take into account the interests of the regional states," he said.

Russia "aims to fully increase its military ties with the APR countries for the sake of strengthening peace and stability here," he said. "To that end, we are planning to actively cooperate both in multilateral formats and on the bilateral basis. There is a great potential in the Russia-ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] dialogue whose 20th anniversary we are marking this year," Antonov said.

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