Russia wants to enhance defence ties with Brunei
MORE Russian naval ships will be sent to Brunei on goodwill visits to enhance defence cooperation, said the chief of the group of Russian ships that are taking part in the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) Plus Exercise here.
Navy Captain Alexander Potapov said this is the first time Russia has sent a warship to Brunei and expects more ships to dock at the Muara Naval Base in the future.
“This is the first time (for Russian ships to visit Brunei) since the establishment of diplomatic relations between our countries the 25th anniversary of which will be celebrated this year,” he said in an interview aboard the visiting Admiral Vinogradov yesterday.
Brunei is co-hosting the multilateral ADMM-Plus Exercise, which will be launched today, with a focus on maritime security and counter-terrorism.
Captain Potapov said Russia pays attention to maritime security in the South China Sea, adding that this is why Russia attaches importance to participating in the ADMM-Plus Exercise.
“It (Russia) is an active participant in all the events that take place within the region (and) it is one of the leading players (in the region) therefore contributes to the level of security in the South China Sea,” he said.
He added that three Russian ships will be participating in the exercise, namely the Admiral Vinogradov, the tanker Irkut and the rescue ship, Fotty Krylove.
“Our main goal for participating in this exercise is working on interoperability between sections of the three ships as well as working on blocking the ships that have been under siege and to free them from the terrorists,” said Captain Potapov.
“It is a big honour for us to be a guest here (and) this visit will serve as the cause for strengthening relations between our countries and such visits in the future will be taking place regularly,” he added.
Captain Potapov hoped future visits will help develop technical military cooperation between Brunei and Russia.
“We hope that this will happen, this is what we aim for (and) this what we suggest (because) it depends on the goodwill of your people and the government of Brunei Darussalam.
“This will also help us know more about each other, about our countries and to be better acquainted with each other,” he concluded.
The Brunei Times