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UAE and Russia enjoy close cooperation: official

posted on 20/02/2007: 1464 views

Russia has had very close cooperation with the Middle East countries, especially the UAE, said Mikhael Dmitriev, Director of the Federal Agency for Military and Technical Cooperation.

Speaking at a press conference held at IDEX yesterday, Dmitriev said: "The UAE and Russia share strong political, trade and economical ties", he added. Regarding the last visit of the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, noting that it made a great impact in the field of military cooperation. The visit particularly, opened a new horizon to all sides, and will effect delivery of air defence systems and equipment to the region.

Answering a question on recent remarks by Russian Foreign Minister Sergy Lavrov, Dmitriev said, "Yes, Russia is ready to help the UAE in developing nuclear energy programmes for peaceful purposes".

On his part, Colonel General Nikolay M. Dimidiuk, Director of Special Projects, said in a statement to WAM "IDEX is a great exhibition that brings all countries together. It is well planned and gives us the opportunity to show our equipment, he said, adding the Russian pavilion was one of the biggest, stretching over area of 750 square meters, and presents 43 military industrial establishments.”

At the end of his statement, Dimidiuk thanked the government of the UAE for hosting such an exhibition, and expressed his admiration of the Abu Dhabi Exhibition Centre's new building. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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