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    The Russian Defense Ministry suggested creating a framework for mutually respectful partnership instead of a system of closed military alliances.

    SINGAPORE (Sputnik) — Russia believes that a disjointed security system composed of closed military alliances is a "relic of the past" and intends to work with other nations on creating a framework for a mutually respectful partnership, Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said Sunday.

    "The existing regional security system based mainly on a network of closed military alliances does not contribute to creating an atmosphere of trust and mutual understanding, nor does it meet the interests or concerns of all Asia-Pacific states," he said at the "IISS Shangri-La Dialogue" Asia Security Summit in Singapore.

    "Closed military blocs are a relic of the past," Antonov said. "Instead we suggest mutually respectful partnership, recognition of nations’ right to determine their fate independently, renouncement of any attempts to ensure one's security at the expense of the others."

    He said that Russia, China and Brunei had launched an initiative to develop a comprehensive security framework in the Asia-Pacific. "We are firmly committed to expand our interaction with Asia-Pacific nations," Antonov vowed.

    Russia is building up its military cooperation with Asia Pacific nations, including with China, India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states to strengthen peace and stability, Anatoly Antonov said.

    "We are aimed at enhancing our military ties with the Asia Pacific countries in order to strengthen peace and stability. To that end we intend to actively cooperate in both multilateral and bilateral formats… We are building up bilateral military cooperation with the Asia Pacific countries, primarily with China, India and ASEAN member states."

    He added that joining forces with Asia Pacific nations in countering terrorism was Moscow's "top priority."


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