Russia plans to train Vietnamese officers

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Vietnamese military officers and servicemen will be trained in Russia in five years under a new deal just inked between the two countries. 

The plan was just approved by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and his Vietnamese counterpart Phung Quang Thanh on Agust 7, said a report on news website Russia Beyond the Headlines that same day.

"We consider your country a strategic partner and a long-established and reliable friend," Shoigu said to his Vietnamese counterpart.

Thanh said he is certain that "close cooperation between Russia and Vietnam will be enhanced for the stability and peace in the region and in the world in general."

The Russian Defense Minister said the current global-political situation and relations in Southeast Asia were currently tense and that the escalation of existing tensions and the emergence of a new conflict were always real threats.

Moscow and Hanoi have beefed up military cooperation recently, including personnel trainings, naval cooperation, the exchange of military delegations at all levels, as well as scientific activity.

Vietnam is also one of the key importers of Russian arms, said the report.

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