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Russia sees no need to establish military blocks in Asian-Pacific region

December 05, 2016, 13:05 UTC+3

All regional disputes should be solved on a universal, non-bloc basis, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

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MOSCOW, December 5. /TASS/. Moscow sees no need to establish military blocs in the Asian-Pacific region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after meeting with his Philippine counterpart Perfecto Yasay. According to the Russian top diplomat, all regional disputes should be solved on a universal, non-bloc basis.

"As for military blocs, we believe that the security issues in the Asian-Pacific region should be solved on a universal, non-bloc basis so that all countries of the region would know that there are some agreements ensuring equal and indivisible security for all of them," Lavrov stated.

The Russian minister pointed out that Moscow had been developing military and technical cooperation with Manila. According to Lavrov, this last September, a Philippine delegation attended the Army 2016 International Forum and had a closer look at the Russian weapons and military hardware.

"They expressed interest in some weapons," the Russian top diplomat said.

"The two countries’ military ships have visited each other’s ports. Philippine Defense Minister Delfin Lorenzana is currently in Moscow, he is scheduled to hold meetings at the defense ministry as well as at the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation," Lavrov said.

Perfecto Yasay noted, in turn, that "the Philippine defense minister is also in Moscow, he will hold talks with the Russian defense minister.".

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