Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and Cuban Vice President of the Council of Ministers Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz have signed a program of technological cooperation between the two countries in the sphere of defense.
The signing took place at the conclusion of a meeting of the Russian-Cuban commission on trade, economic, scientific and technological cooperation in the capital Havana on Thursday.The program will span several years and will last until 2020.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin told journalists after the signing that the program does not stipulate deliveries.
“Since Russia has long ago arrived at the program-target method in defense issues, we have our own methodology, experts knowing how to ensure short-term and near-term planning. This kind of assistance will be provided. So, this is more of a methodological assistance, which will help shape the long-term capacity planning program aimed at the modernization of armed forces. This will not be supplies, but precisely this kind of methodological assistance,” Rogozin explained.
He added that a lot of the technology that Cuba has was supplied by the Soviet Union and that currently Russia is working on creating maintenance bases and providing services to help Cuba ensure its own security.
The move comes as US President Barack Obama has attempted to revive ties with the island nation, however President-elect Donald Trump could limit the thawing of tensions that have persisted for decades. In May 2016, President Obama visited Cuba, breaking an 88-year drought of US presidents visiting Havana.
Russian Deputy Defense Minister said that a fresh meeting of the Russian-Chinese intergovernmental commission on military-technical cooperation will be held in the near future. A fresh meeting of the Russian-Chinese intergovernmental commission on military-technical cooperation will be held in the near future, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said Thursday.
“Regular contacts between the heads of our defense ministries are of special importance in our relations. We are planning to hold a fresh meeting of the Russian-Chinese intergovernmental commission on military-technical cooperation soon,” Antonov said.
Antonov said the Russian-Chinese military-technical cooperation is not aimed against third countries, stressing that the main common enemy is global terrorism.
Today, Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov had a meeting with Deputy Director of Foreign Affairs Office of the Ministry of National Defense of the People’s Republic of China Major General Ci Guowei
Parties discussed issues of bilateral military and technical cooperation, topical problems of the international and regional security, exchanged assessments of conditions and prospects of military and technical cooperation between two countries.
Both sides confirmed necessity to continue taking coordinated efforts in the interests of strengthening the international security.
Russian Defense Ministry’s delegation will come to in China on Wednesday for a four-day visit.
Officers of the Russian Defense Ministry’s Central Military District will arrive in China on Wednesday for a four-day visit, a district spokesman said.
“The delegation includes mid-level and junior commanders, who will get acquainted with combat training and daily activities of the People’s Liberation Army of China,” Col. Yaroslav Roshhupkin said.
The visit is being made at the invitation of China and will last until Saturday.
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