Monday, September 26, 2016

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Russia-Philippines to Strike Military Deal That Could Change Everything

Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) officials and  the Philippine Embassy officials at Moscow discussed the possible Philippines-Russian military cooperation including acquisition of military equipment and technology of Russia.

Different modes of financing, transfer of technology, investment in domestic military production and servicing, training, and after-sales service and maintenance were all the other topics being dicussed by the officials.

Philippine Ambassador to Russia, Carlos D. Sorreta, and Third Secretary and Vice Consul Luningning Camoying, the Political Officer of the Embassy, met with the Russian officials Mr. Sergey I. Buganov, Chief of the First Department on Military and Technical Cooperation with Foreign States, and Mr. Valery A. Orel, Chief of the Section on Military-Technical Technical Cooperation with Countries of the Asia-Pacific Region.

Ambassador Sorreta said, “We welcomed the briefing, which was quite revealing, particularly as to the extent that Russia is able to interact with a large number of countries in this field and the different mechanisms that are employed, including in terms of the acquisition and transfer of Russian military equipment."

“This is all part of our job to explore opportunities that could contribute to our government’s efforts to modernize our defense capabilities,” he added.

Briefing of the officials had followed the recently visitation of the Department of National Defense Delegation headed by  Undersecretary for Finance and Materiel, Raymundo De Vera Elefante to Moscow meeting the top Russian defense officials, including officials of the FSMTC.

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