Russian military delegation, North Korean defense minister discuss army cooperation

After two-day negotiations, Russia and North Korea signed an agreement on Thursday on preventing dangerous military activities

North Korean military exercise

North Korean military exercise

PYONGYANG, November 13. /TASS/. The Russian military delegation and North Korean Defense Minister Pak Yong Sik have discussed at a meeting in Pyongyang the ways to develop cooperation between the armies of the two countries. The Russian delegation to Pyongyang is led by Deputy Chief of Staff Col. Gen. Nikolay Bogdanovsky who arrived in the North Korean capital on November 9.

After two-day negotiations, Russia and North Korea signed an agreement on Thursday on preventing dangerous military activities. The document was signed by the head of the Russian delegation and Vice Chief of the Korean People’s Army O Kum Chol. The draft agreement was approved by the Russian government at the end of 2014.

During the visit, Russians commemorated Soviet soldiers at the “Liberation” monument in the North Korean capital. Honor Guard were called to perform their duties at the monument with inscription “Eternal glory to Great Soviet Army that freed Korean people from burden of Japanese militarists and opened path toward freedom and independence.”.

Russia, Botswana to expand military cooperation — Russian Defense Ministry

MOSCOW, August 7. /TASS/. Russia and Botswana will expand military-technical cooperation, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press and information department told the media on Friday.

“On August 7 Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov held a meeting with Botswana’s Defense, Justice and Security Minister Shaw Kgati, who is in Russia on a working visit for bilateral cooperation talks,” the Russian Defence Ministry said. “The discussion at the Russian Defense Ministry concerned topical issues of Russian-Botswanan cooperation in the military and military-technical spheres.”

“The two sides assessed positively the achieved level of cooperation and identified steps for its further development and the perfection of the legal and regulatory basis,” the Russian Defense Ministry said, adding that the talks were held in a friendly atmosphere and confirmed the mutual determination of enhancing bilateral contacts.

Establishment of technological cooperation with the countries of Latin America continues


The international exhibition of defense and aviation technologies LAAD-2015 ended in Brazil, where Rostec traditionally led the Russian exposition. One of the main tasks of national experts on the forum was to establish a technological cooperation with the countries of Latin America. Experts told why this market is so attractive for our country.
The main incentive to develop cooperation with Latin America has been the introduction of sanctions by the US and Europe.

“Against the backdrop of US and European Union sanctions economic cooperation between Russia and Latin America takes on a new meaning,” the Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences of the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation Alexander Chichin said.

US Bullies Vietnam to Stop Military Cooperation With Russia

Russian bomber planes refueling

While expanding NATO bases closer to Russian borders, the US government is trying to bully Vietnam into stopping its military cooperation with Russia in the Pacific.

Sputnik’s sources in the US Department of State confirm that America is pushing Vietnam to stop letting Russia use Cam Ranh Bay military base. Russian air force recently used the facility to refuel nuclear-capable bombers. US officials say Russian bomber planes have increased the number of flights in the region and even conducted what the Pentagon calls “provocative flights” around Guam, a US territory in the Pacific that is home to a large military base.

US Army General Vincent Brooks told Reuters that the Russian planes circling Guam are refueled by Russian tankers flying from Cam Ranh Bay, a deep-water harbor that was a US air and naval base during the Vietnam War. The flights, Brooks alleges, show that Russia was “acting as a spoiler to our interests and the interests of others.”

Brooks contends that the flights have increased since Russia’s conflict with Ukraine began, he says as a show of Russian strength and to gather intelligence.

The US considers Cam Ranh Bay an important part of a Washington strategy to focus more on the Asia as a way to neutralize China’s growing influence in the region.

Vietnam is playing both sides of the fence, seeking closer ties with the US but also remaining close to Russia in a number of areas, including defense.

The State Department says it respects Vietnam’s right to enter into agreements with other countries, but “we have urged Vietnamese officials to ensure that Russia is not able to use its access to Cam Ranh Bay to conduct activities that could raise tensions in the region.”

Russia had said in November that it planned to send bombers on patrols over North American waters, and at the time the Pentagon called it routine training in international airspace.

Russian bomber patrol flights largely ended after the Soviet Union broke apart, but President Vladimir Putin resumed them in 2007.

The Vietnamese government has not commented on the US request.


Russia and India to Implement 200 Joint Military Projects

22.01.2015, Siberian Insider

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The current program of military-technical cooperation between Russia and India envisages the implementation of 200 joint projects. This was announced by a spokesman for the Center for Analysis of World Arms Trade.

Russian Defence Minister Gen. Sergey Shoygu earlier said that Russia and India would also carry out joint work on a multipurpose transport plane, a fifth generation fighter jet and a number of naval projects.

“The current program of cooperation between Russia and India stipulates the implementation of 200 joint projects,” the representative of the Center for Analysis of World Arms Trade stated.

The most important projects related to the transfer of licenses for the production of Russian arms and military equipment in India includes the production of Su-30MKI multipurpose fighters, T-90S main battle tanks and AL-55I aircraft engines.

Russia, Iran Mull Joint Military Drills Under Defense Cooperation Deal

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, third right, and Hossein Dehghan, second right, Brigadier General and Minister of Defense of Iran, meet in Tehran

Iran is interested in implementing proposals by the Russian military to conduct joint military exercises, to strengthen cooperation in ensuring security in the Caspian region and to expand the exchange of military delegations, the Russian ambassador to Iran told RIA Novosti on Thursday.

MOSCOW, January 22 (Sputnik) Iran is interested in implementing proposals by the Russian military to conduct joint exercises, strengthen cooperation in ensuring security in the Caspian region and to expand the exchange of military delegations, the Russian ambassador to Iran told RIA Novosti on Thursday.

Russia and Iran signed on Tuesday an intergovernmental agreement on military cooperation during the visit of Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to Tehran.

“The sides discussed ways to expand bilateral military cooperation. The Iranian side expressed interest in the implementation of proposals by the Russian Defense Ministry on joint military drills, Iran’s participation in various international military competitions, strengthening of cooperation in safeguarding security in the Caspian Sea, and expansion of exchange visits by [military] delegations,” Levan Dzhagaryan said commenting on the results of Shoigu’s visit.

Dzhagaryan said that both Moscow and Tehran acknowledge they share similar views “on the majority of issues of global and regional security, which creates favorable conditions for the expansion of the cooperation on crisis situations settlement.”

According to the Russian diplomat, Tehran expressed an interest in helping Moscow strengthen international cooperation under the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

“Iranian political and military leadership believe that the regions’ states should take full responsibility for ensuring security in the Near and Middle East, Central Asia and the Trans-Caucasus. Any interference into this process by the United States and its allies, made under the pretext of fighting terrorism, leads, in fact, to the emergence of more hotbeds of instability,” Dzhagaryan stressed.

On Tuesday, after his meeting with Shoigu, Iranian Defense and Armed Forces Logistics Minister Hossein Dehghan said that Moscow and Tehran agreed to counter external meddling in regional affairs. The minister said US foreign policy was among the main reasons why the situation in the region had worsened.

Relations between Moscow and Tehran are currently at their highest level and should remain strong throughout 2015, Russian Ambassador to Iran Levan Dzhagaryan said Thursday.

“Relations between Russia and Iran are currently at their highest level. Confirmation of this comes from the results of last year which was marked by considerable activity in bilateral contacts in all areas,” Dzhagaryan told RIA Novosti in an interview.

The ambassador pointed out that last year saw numerous meetings at various levels between the countries, including parliamentary meetings, security councils and meetings between their foreign affairs ministries.

“We expect this trend to continue this year,” Dzhagaryan added.

On Tuesday, the defense ministers of Iran and Russia signed major deals on military and military-technical cooperation, also agreeing to fight regional security threats together.

Iran backed Russia after Moscow was subjected to several waves of Western economic sanctions in 2014 over its alleged interference in the Ukrainian conflict. During his visit to Moscow in August 2014, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohhaman Javad Zarif joined the Kremlin in denouncing anti-Russia sanctions as an “illegal means of applying pressure and an intrusion on policy from the outside.”

In November 2014, Moscow and Tehran inked a deal for the construction of two nuclear reactors in Iran and the option for another six. Russia will also provide nuclear fuel for the reactors.


Russian defense minister arrives in Tehran for two-day visit


January 20,  TEHERAN
Sergei Shoigu and Hossein Dehghan will discuss ways of intensifying military and military-technological cooperation between the two countries as well as questions of regional and global security

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu

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TEHERAN, January 19 /TASS/. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu arrived in Teheran for a two-day official visit to meet Iranian Defense Minister Brigade General Hossein Dehghan.

They will discuss ways of intensifying military and military-technological cooperation between the two countries as well as questions of regional and global security at talks on January 20.

Shoigu will also meet General Hassan Firouzabadi, the Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces.

The Russian Defense Ministry press service chief, Major General Igor Konashenkov, said in his previous statements that the two countries were planning to sign a military cooperation agreement during Shoigu’s visit.

The FARS news agency has quoted Hossein Dehghan as saying that it was necessary to develop defense ties between Teheran and Moscow, which in his words are a vital factor of stability and security in the entire Middle East region and Central Asia. General Dehghan expressed his opinion back in October 2013 when he replied to a letter by Sergei Shoigu who had congratulated him on his appointment as Iran’s defense minister. He also said that Russia occupied a special place in Iran’s foreign policy.

“Ongoing cooperation between the two countries will contribute to consolidation of efforts to strengthen regional and global security,” Iran’s defense minister said.

Iran’s news agency IRNA, in turn, has described Sergei Shoigu’s two-day visit as an “outstanding event.” The Russian defense minister’s visit will take the Russian-Iranian relations to a new level of security cooperation, IRNA said.

IRNA stated that Iran and Russia held identical views on many international and regional problems, including an agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group /five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany/ on Iran’s nuclear programme; the deployment of NATO’s missile defense system in Eastern Europe; the internal political crisis in Syria; problems of anti-terror struggle in the Middle East. IRNA also noted the convergence of the two countries’ approaches to problems of energy markets linked to radical slump of prices for fuel and energy.

Shoigu’s previous meeting with General Hossein Dehghan took place at the third Moscow International Security Conference in May 2014.