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Russia, Greece Sign Defense Cooperation Deal

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Russia and Greece signed an intergovernmental agreement Tuesday on military cooperation, Russia's defense minister said.

ATHENS, December 3 (RIA Novosti) - Russia and Greece signed an intergovernmental agreement Tuesday on military cooperation, Russia's defense minister said.

"We signed an agreement that opens new frameworks and new boundaries for our further work in the sphere of military-technical cooperation," Sergei Shoigu told journalists after talks with his Greek counterpart Dimitrios Avramopoulos in Athens.

The deal concerns armaments supplied previously as well as military hardware, maintenance and new hardware supplies, Shoigu said.

A Russian deputy defense minister, Anatoly Antonov, said after the talks that Shoigu had proposed that Avramopoulos consider working out an agreement to streamline the procedure for Russian navy vessels calling at Greek ports.

Antonov said the two defense ministers had also discussed the possibility of holding personnel training events and exchanging experience in the fight against terrorism and piracy, as well as other areas of cooperation.

He added that Shoigu had invited a Greek tank crew to take part in the international Tank Biathlon in 2014.

Russia's first tank biathlon took place in the Moscow Region in August.

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