"We are not going to send an armada there," Sergei Ivanov continued. "If a possibility emerges, we'll call on the ports of friendly countries, such as Portugal." "Of course Portuguese ships are long-awaited visitors to our naval bases," Ivanov noted.
The Russian acting Defence Minister also said that a forum of military physicians would be held at the Military Medical Academy in St.Petersburg in 2005. "Army representatives of many countries will be present. I have invited also representatives of Portugal to the forum," Sergei Ivanov said.