Russia offers Pakistan to make mutual visits of warships more frequent

The sides discussed participation in military exercises, training of military staff, sharing of experience in peacekeeping and the fight against terrorism and piracy

Warships of the Russian Navy

Warships of the Russian Navy

 

ISLAMABAD, November 20. /TASS/. Russia offered Pakistan to make mutual visits of warships more frequent, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said after talks with Pakistani counterpart Khawaja Asif on Thursday.“We stated that cooperation between the navies of the two countries was developing successfully. We have considered an opportunity to draft a memorandum on naval co-operation. Russia offered to expand the practice of calls by warships at ports in Russia and Pakistan,” Shoigu said.

Other opportunities for broader bilateral military cooperation were also discussed at talks, particularly a rise in exchange of delegation visits, participation in military exercises as observers, training of military staff, sharing of experience in peacekeeping and the fight against terrorism and piracy.

Talks with Asif were held in a constructive and friendly atmosphere, Shoigu noted. “This approach promotes consistent intensification of military cooperation between Russia and Pakistan,” the minister added.

The Russian defense minister thanked the Pakistani counterpart for an invitation to visit Islamabad and Pakistan’s consent to participate in competitions of pilots and tank operators in 2015.

“I hope that our close cooperation will continue,” Shoigu added.

The Russian defense minister visited Pakistan for the first time in several decades. Soviet Defense Minister Andrey Grechko visited that country back in 1969.

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Visit of destroyers of Japan Self-Defense Sea Forces in St. Petersburg

Visit of destroyers  of Japan Self-Defense Sea Forces in St. Petersburg

Destroyers DD-127 “Isoyuki” and DD-123 “Shirayuki” Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force arrived on Wednesday, July 31, on an unofficial visit to St. Petersburg.

Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation on a working visit to the Republic of Cuba

Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation on a working visit to the Republic of Cuba

TSAMTO, April 22. Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces – First Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, Army General Valery Gerasimov made a working visit to the Republic of Cuba.

In accordance with the program of the visit of Gen. Valery Gerasimov held talks on military cooperation with the Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR) Cuban Army Corps General Leopoldo Cintra Frias and his colleague – Chief of the General Staff of the Revolutionary Military Council of Cuban Army Corps General Alvaro Lopez Miera.

During his stay in the Republic of Cuba head of the Russian General Staff, visited a number of military installations, where he got acquainted with the conditions of service and life of Cuban troops, said the Office of the Press and Information of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation