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Russia Rebuilding Military Airfields in Vietnam, Pacific Islands

© Sputnik / Roman Denisov / Go to the photo bankZaderzhaniye Bay on Matua Island
Zaderzhaniye Bay on Matua Island - Sputnik International
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Former Air Force Commander said that Russia is rebuilding its Soviet-era network of airfields in Vietnam and the northwestern Pacific island of Matua.

A Project 636 Varshavyanka diesel-electric submarine built for the Vietnamese Navy at the shipyard in Svetly, Kaliningrad region. - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) Russia is rebuilding its Soviet-era network of airfields in Vietnam and the northwestern Pacific island of Matua, the country’s former Air Force Commander Army Gen. Pyotr Deinekin said.

"Our aviation is going through a major overhaul, the defense industry is working on next-generation warplanes. The airfield network is being rebuilt in the Arctic, but also abroad in Vietnam, on the Pacific islands, and in Syria," Gen. Deinekin told RIA Novosti.

The Soviet and then Russian Air Force used an airport in Vietnam’s Cam Ranh between 1979 and 2002. Russia’s Defense Ministry said earlier it was going to rebuild a WWII-era Japanese outpost on Matua in the Kuril Islands chain.

On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin has submitted an agreement with Damascus on the deployment of a Russian air force group in Syria for ratification by the lower house of parliament. It is noted in the agreement that the Hmeimim air facility in Syria, its infrastructure and territory are granted to Russia free of charge.

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