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Putin: Russia needs to overcome aggressive resistance on world arms market

May 25, 2015, 16:09 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Putin noted that the United States is in first place with 31% of the market, and Russia is ranked second
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MOSCOW, May 25. /TASS/. Moscow is increasingly confronted with the aggressive resistance of other countries in arms trade, President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting of the Commission for Military and Technical Cooperation on Monday.

"Of course, we have to work in a complex situation. We’re confronted ever more frequently with the attempt of direct counteraction and sometimes these attempts go beyond the framework of competitive struggle and are of openly aggressive nature and, perhaps, political instruments are also used as camouflaged means of competitive struggle," Putin said.

The Russian president urged to "develop military and technical contacts with all of our allies and strategic partners and consistently implement import substitution programs in the defense sector and enter new markets."

Russia undoubtedly "needs to move forward, use higher standards, develop a new generation of armaments and military hardware and prepare a worthy replacement for high-class specialists and strengthen its positions on global markets," Putin said.

The Russian president cited the example of Ukraine where "the rupture of long-standing cooperation ties with Russia vitally important for Ukrainian defense enterprises has pushed many of them to the brink of bankruptcy and compelled them to reduce skilled personnel."

The Russian president also prioritized the development of import-substitution programs, which should be implemented using a "completely new, modern and promising technological base."

Putin urges to expand Russian arms supply geography

Putin has instructed officials to take into account the changing situation on the world arms market in the trade of domestic military equipment.

"Our competitive advantage is successful many-year use of domestic armaments in all climatic zones. More than one generation of military specialists in many regions of the world: in Asia, in Africa and in Latin America have got the experience in their use," Putin said. According to him, these regions "know very well the advantages of Russian weapons, especially their reliability and high efficiency."

The Russian leader said that Moscow "will develop military and technical cooperation not only with our traditional customers." "We plan to expand the geography of regional cooperation. To this end it is necessary to organise foreign trade activity of the military-technical cooperation subjects in such a way as to meet the modern requirements of the international arms market and quickly respond to changing market conditions," Putin said.

He also said that "more attention should be paid to joint production matters." The president cited cooperation with India as an example. Putin said it was necessary to "continue the creation of a wide network of aftermarket service centres" and "to actively use the potential of intergovernmental commissions and working groups that represent agencies responsible for the development of military-technical cooperation.".

Russia’s weapons export over $15.5 bln in 2014

Putin noted that Russia's weapons export totaled over $15.5 bln at 2014 year-end and Russia strongly holds second place among the exporters.

"The results of last year show that the exports of Russian military products exceeded $15.5 billion and have steadily stayed at this level in the past three years," Putin said.

Russia firmly holds the second place in the list of the world leaders in the deliveries of armaments and military hardware and this, of course, is a serious achievement on such a complex and dynamically developing market, the Russian president said.

According to data of international institutions, the first place on the global arms market is held by the United States with a 31% share while Russia is placed second, Putin said.

"As I said, 27% of the market [held by Russia]. All the other market participants are noticeably behind," he added.

Putin praised domestic arms producers for manufacturing the most advanced weapons capable of competing successfully on the global markets.

"Let me note that the indicators achieved are also the result of systemic work for promoting Russian technologies and products in the sphere of military and technical cooperation," the Russian president said.

"Last year, our military producers participated in 24 international exhibitions and domestic products were supplied to 62 countries and, in general, agreements on military and technical cooperation bind Russia with 91 countries," Putin said.

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