Russian warship to visit Brunei
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
RUSSIA will send a warship to Brunei for the first time when it joins the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) Plus exercise on maritime security and counter-terrorism in the South China Sea in May.
Russian Ambassador to Brunei Vladlen Stanislavovich Semivolos said the joint exercises will be held in Brunei and will contribute to improving ccordination in tackling security threats more effectively.
In an email interview, he said this is the first time Russia is send-ing a warship to take part in the event. Previously, Russia only participated in the exercise as an observer. He added that details of the warship will be disclosed closer to the event.
Semivolos added preparations for the signing of a MoU in strengthening military ties and cooperation is in the works.
“Guided by the growing shared interest in promoting mutually beneficial long-term cooperation in this area, our ministries of defence are preparing to sign soon a Memorandum of Understanding on Military-Technical Cooperation to establish a solid legal foundation to develop military-to-military ties,” he said.
During the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore last June, Russia’s Deputy Minister of Defence Dr Anatoly Antonov had said Russia was actively developing bilateral military-to-military cooperation with Asia-Pacific nations.
Dr Antonov also wished Brunei as well as co-chairs New Zealand, Singapore and Australia success in the upcoming ADMM Plus exercise on maritime security and counter-terrorism in the South China Sea.
“Joint exercises and naval manoeuvres will improve our team-play in addressing security threats to our nations,” he said.
The deputy minister had said they “see good prospects of cooperation in maritime security, peacekeeping operations, logistics support, as well as in dealing with new challenges and threats, primarily international terrorism”.
The Brunei Times