BRUSSELS, January 13 (Itar-Tass) —— Russia is interested in the development of new military technologies jointly with the West rather than in buying weaponry, Russian Deputy Prime Minister, former Permanent Representative to NATO Dmitry Rogozin told his farewell press conference at the NATO headquarters on Friday.
“Trade in arms and military hardware means that the countries do not regard each other as enemies. No one has arms trade with an enemy,” he said. “Certainly, Russia is not interested in buying; it is interested in cooperation with Western, primarily European, countries in the promising R&D areas and the creation of security systems to unite our interests.”
“Russia has a potential for making everything it needs to ensure national security. The latest procurements from foreign manufacturers are rooted in the profound crisis our defense sector experienced after the disintegration of the large state and under-financing,” he said.
“Russia has a European credo. We think that in the 21st century Russia should fully return to the common cultural and political space with Europe, which implies intertwined interests and joint production of everything necessary for the development and security of our peoples,” Rogozin said.
He cited as an example the Russian-NATO project Standex – the development of a new-generation remote control detector of explosives in anti-terrorist operations. “Success of this work will save dozens of lives,” he said.