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MOSCOW, December 11. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia holds the firm second place in terms of military export supplies in the world, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said at an awarding ceremony of the Russian national prize Golden Idea in the Russian capital on Wednesday.
“Today when the sales of our weapons went up manifold and when Russia is holding the firm second place as an exporter of weapons in the world, we state that the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation is the most important agency to pursue this policy (to build up cooperation with other countries), because this policy is not only technical, not only military-technical,” he noted. “The trade in arms, sensitive technologies, everything that can be used to the detriment of others is impossible among the enemies. The trade in weapons is possible only with friends or partners,” he added.
In the view of Rogozin, the promotion of the interests and the produce of the Russian defence industry is a very important element to maintain the relations between Russia and other countries and capitalise on them.
“The Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation can be said to be the second foreign political agency of the country presently, the second Foreign Ministry, because it builds up what the diplomats are doing today not with the language of politics, but hardware, contractual relations, contracts, service maintenance, the repairs of military hardware and keeping it up in the good condition,” the deputy prime minister said.
He also noted that the Russian service specialised in military-technical cooperation had manifested itself as a contractor of military hardware, because it sets the requirements for the enterprises of the military industrial complex to put out the best produce in the struggle for its reputation and the reputation of Russian weapons.