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MOSCOW, August 7 (Itar-Tass) - Vietnamese officers and servicemen will train in Russia, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday.
“We discussed plans to synchronize supplies of arms and military hardware, training of specialists and approved a 5-year plan to train Vietnamese officers,” Shoigu said.
The talks were rather substantial and focused on different issues. “Our cooperation with Vietnam has a long history,” the minister said.
“Of course, cooperation between the navies is very important. We riveted attention to it as well,” Shoigu said.
He stressed that the Russian and Vietnamese industries showed interest in developing military-technical cooperation. “Our supplies to Vietnam are aimed at organizing service centers in Vietnam. Our industry and our Vietnamese colleagues seek to develop such cooperation,” Shoigu said.
The Vietnamese minister said he “is sure that close cooperation with Russia will be strengthened to ensure global stability”. He confirmed that strategic partnership “will make cooperation between the two countries successful”.
He said Vietnam “invites veterans for the rest. This year we’ve received the first group of Russian veterans. The others will be invited in October to November”.
Fung Kwan Thani said he shared his Russian colleague’s view that the navies’ training, the strategic dialogue, military researches and the exchange of delegations “are priorities of our cooperation”. “This will allow Vietnam and Russia to strengthen and expand contacts for the sake of peace and stability in the region,” he added.