Russia to boost military ties with Latin America
Iran Press TV
Mon Feb 16, 2015 4:40PM
The Russian deputy defense minister says Moscow is ready to boost military cooperation with Latin American countries.
"There is a lot of work to do and it is clear. There is a common wish and willingness to work together. We are ready for cooperation," said Anatoly Antonov, who was commenting on the results of the Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu's three-leg official visit to Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba last week.
"We intend to increase our interaction with practical events, especially in the navy and ground forces," he added.
The Russian official also stated that Moscow has always been ready to train the military staff of the Latin American countries.
'Effective consultations are being conducted between our general staffs. Our colleagues come to Russia for military training as observers. The countries of the region have an acute need for qualified officers and the Russian agency is always ready to provide assistance," Antonov pointed out.
Moscow has recently intensified military ties with its allies after neighboring Ukraine announced its plan to take part in a multinational military alliance with two NATO members Poland and Lithuania. Reports also say Kiev seeks NATO membership.
Moscow-Kiev relations have been extremely tense in recent months. Ukraine and NATO accuse the Kremlin of supporting pro-Russia forces in east Ukraine. Russia categorically denies the allegations, saying NATO is responsible for the flare-up in Ukraine.
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