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Russia, Morocco Pledge Stronger Military Ties

RIA Novosti

17:46 18/04/2012 MOSCOW, April 18 (RIA Novosti) - Russia and Morocco have agreed to strengthen bilateral military-technical cooperation, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday.

"Agreements on military-technical cooperation were signed between Russia and Morocco in February 2012, and we pledged [today] to strengthen this aspect of our cooperation," Lavrov said at a press conference in Moscow after talks with his Moroccan counterpart Saad-Eddine Al-Othmani.

The Russian foreign minister did not disclose the details of the talks on the subject.

Morocco has no outstanding orders for major conventional weapons from Russia since taking delivery of the last of 12 Tunguska (SA-19 Grison) mobile air-defense systems and missiles for them in 2008.

The North African country has turned to the United States for F-16C combat aircraft, presumably in response to Algerian Su-30MKA acquisitions, and to France and the Netherlands for FREMM and SIGMA frigates respectively.



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