Putin says Russia is open to military cooperation with other countries

This pool image distributed by Sputnik agency shows Russian President Vladimir Putin holding a meeting with the head of Russia’s Rosatom in Moscow on August 14, 2023. (Photo by ALEXANDER KAZAKOV/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Russia is open to military cooperation with other countries, including participation in joint military training and exercises, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday.

“We propose to develop cooperation in various fields, including personnel training, training foreign servicemen and improving their qualifications, conducting joint command-personnel exercises and other exercises. And we hope that, as before, they will be signed major export deals and contracts outside the forum,” Putin said in a video greeting to participants at the Army-2023 forum near Moscow.

Russia is “open to deepening” equal technological partnerships and military-technical cooperation with other countries “that defend their national interests, their independent path of development and consider it of fundamental importance to jointly build an equal and indivisible security system that will protect reliable to each state,” Putin added.

“We are also pleased that more and more foreign defense companies are joining the forum,” Putin said. “Last year, 32 foreign participants exhibited their products here. This year, their number has risen to 82.”

The annual International Military-Technical Forum is a platform where prominent Russian military companies present their products. About 1,500 leading Russian defense companies are taking part in the forum’s exhibition and business programs this year. They will discuss projects with the Russian Defense Ministry, as well as cooperation with other countries, according to the state news agency TASS.

Some 80 foreign companies and organizations from seven countries are planning to participate in the forum, organized by the Russian Defense Ministry, according to TASS. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu will also attend the forum.

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