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Russia plans to sell arms to NATO members

RIA Novosti


MOSCOW, January 28 (RIA Novosti) - Russia may sell weapons to NATO member states, the head of Russia's state-run arms exporter said on Thursday.

"We are planning to supply Russian weaponry to NATO countries," Rosoboronexport's Anatoly Isaikin said at a RIA Novosti news conference. He did not give any further details.

Russian and NATO chiefs of staff approved on Tuesday a framework military cooperation treaty, a NATO official said.

He described it as "a very important step" toward the restoration of military ties between Russia and NATO, frozen after a brief Russian-Georgian war in August 2008.

He added that Russian and NATO officials would meet again in May to finalize the plan and discuss further cooperation.

The cooperation plan for the current year reportedly includes Russia's support for the U.S.-led military operation in Afghanistan, specifically military transit via Russian airspace, as well as joint anti-piracy and antiterrorism efforts.

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