The official visit of the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation to Peru and Brazil is over
The Russian delegation headed by the Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, visited Brazil and Peru from 14 to 17 October. The purpose of the trip was to conduct negotiations in the field of military-technical cooperation. Sergei Shoigu has become the first Russian Defense Minister to visit these Latin American countries.
In Peru, the Russian Defense Minister met with his Peruvian counterpart Pedro Kateriano, as well as with the President of the country Ollanta Humala.
During the talks the sides discussed a wide range of regional and international security issues, and determined the areas for further development of cooperation in military and military-technical cooperation.
Following the talks, it was decided to intensify bilateral cooperation mechanisms provided for by an intergovernmental agreement of April 13, 2004. Joint projects to be implemented under this agreement must become a concrete result of the new stage of relations between Russia and Peru.
As was told upon completion of the official visit by Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov, "Army General Sergei Shoigu clearly and unambiguously spoke about the need to adhere to the concept of a multipolar world, the importance of increasing the UN's role and the inadmissibility of deciding any country's fate by any government." Antonov said "the position of Peru's military leadership fully coincides with that of Russia."
In addition, the deputy minister said that one of the priority areas of cooperation between the military departments of the two countries can be a military education, in particular, the training of pilots and technical personnel for the helicopters supplied by Russia to Peru to be used to fight terrorists and drug traffickers.
Moreover, Russia has offered the leadership of Peru to create in this country's territory a service center for repair and maintenance of helicopters of Russian and Soviet make, supplied in different years in Latin America.
"Today 68 soldiers from Peru study in the Russian Ministry of Defense institutes of higher education. We believe that in the future their number can be increased according to the size and complexity of the technical equipment, we will deliver to the country," said Deputy Minister of Defence.
Anatoly Antonov also noted that in this region, Russian helicopters have not been bought only by Chile and the rest of the countries have the equipment produced in Russia.
"In connection, an objective question arises: perhaps, it is worth to think about a serious project of regional nature? Our policy is in fact not only to sell abroad finished goods and equipment, but also to reach serious joint production, to develop military-technological cooperation," said the Deputy Minister.
During his working visit to Brazil, Sergei Shoigu held a meeting with his Brazilian counterpart Celso Amorim.
Following the meeting, the Russian Minister of Defence noted that Brazil is one of Russia's key partners in Latin America, making a point of cooperation between Russia and Brazil in the framework of the Group of Twenty, which both sides see as the main platform for discussing international economic and policy issues.
The Russian minister said about the possibility of talks between the General Staffs of the Ministries of Defence of Russia and Brazil, offering as possible areas of cooperation to organize language training for Russian and Brazilian military personnel, exchange of experience with the support of the Russian airborne forces and the Brazil land forces, as well as other joint activities.
"There are a number of completely new themes, such as tank biathlon and cooperation to ensure security during the Olympic Games," said Shoigu.
Speaking about military-technical cooperation, the Minister of Defence suggested paying particular attention to promising directions in the field of high technologies and possible joint production of operational trainers Yak-130.
In turn, Minister of Defense of Brazil, Celso Amorim, signified his satisfaction with the state of affairs in the field of military-technical cooperation between the two countries.
In addition he noted that Brazil is interested in cooperation in the field of development of advanced models of the fifth generation aircraft, as well as in the high technology sector. As possible areas of such cooperation, he called the cooperation in the field of computer security, space, exchange of experience in providing security during major sporting events.
As the experts note, the agreements reached are not only of military and economic, but also of political significance. Active actions to promote the positions of the domestic military-industrial complex by the head of the military department allow to make significant progress in strengthening Russia's positions in the region.