Indonesia, Russia look to deepen defence ties

07 February 2019

Indonesia and Russia have vowed to strengthen defence ties to support procurement and military-technical co-operation, according to official statements by the two governments on 7 February.

The pledge was made during a meeting in Moscow one day earlier between Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and his Indonesian counterpart Ryamizard Ryacudu.

Commenting on talks between the two sides, the Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD) said in a statement that Indonesia “seeks a form of increased co-operation with Russia” in various fields including procurement and technologies.

The Russian MoD cited Shoigu as saying that the two countries “stood for the further development of political and military relations at the highest level”, adding that Indonesia and Russia had intensified “political dialogue, [and an] expansion of co-operation in the areas of security, military, and military-technical co-operation.”

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