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    DEFENCE MINISTERS OF RUSSIA AND SPAIN SPEAK UP FOR STRONGER BILATERAL TIES IN MILITARY SPHERE

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    MOSCOW, JANUARY 28. (RIA Novosti correspondent Alexei Berezin). On Wednesday at a meeting with his Spanish counterpart Federico Trillo who is now on a visit in Moscow the head of the Russian Defence Ministry, Sergei Ivanov, spoke up for strengthening relations between Russia and Spain in the sphere of defence and the military-technical cooperation.

    "We have managed not only to preserve but also to further successes achieved in the Russian-Spanish relations. Despite differences in opinion and views on a number of international problems, including the local conflicts, we still have common, in principle, approaches to such problems as international terrorism and the threat of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The most graphic example of this is our cooperation in Afghanistan," Sergei Ivanov said.

    He noted that during the tete-a-tete meeting with the head of the Spanish Defence Agency they discussed a host of promising directions in bilateral cooperation.

    In his turn, Federico Trillo said that a few years ago it was impossible to imagine what trustful relations will take shape between Russia and NATO. The Spanish Defence Minister also stressed that the armed forces of Spain, like those of Russia, are at the stage of their development. Our armies should be more operative and correspond to modern-day challenges and threats, Trillo said.

    He expressed confidence that his visit to Russia will make it possible to strengthen good relations between the Armed Forces of Russia and Spain in the interests of the two peoples and the international security.

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