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    Russia, Sri Lanka Aim to Strengthen Military Cooperation - Defense Ministry

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    Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov and Sri Lanka's Defense Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi during a bilateral meeting on Sunday pledged to deepen military cooperation between the two countries, according to a statement issued by the Russian ministry.

    SINGAPORE (Sputnik) — The meeting was held on the sidelines of the 15th Asia Security Summit, or the Shangri-La Dialogue, currently underway in Singapore and bringing together regional defense officials and Western military officials to discuss the pressing security issues.

    "Karunasena Hettiarachchi reaffirmed the intentions of further strengthening and development of mutual contacts. Within the meeting the Russian Deputy Defence Minister pointed out the future directions of the Russian-Sri Lankan cooperation including the one in the field of preparation of military officers in the educational institutions of the Russian Defence Ministry," the statement reads.

    Antonov reportedly highlighted necessity to develop a legal framework for bilateral contacts in the military sphere.

    The sides "positively estimated the developing cooperation" while the meeting was held in a friendly atmosphere, the ministry added.

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