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Russia: Putin - Russia a "responsible player in global arms market"01:17

Russia: Putin - Russia a "responsible player in global arms market"

Russian Federation, Moscow
October 14, 2013 at 10:51 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia: Putin - Russia a "responsible player in global arms market"

Russian President Vladimir Putin chaired a meeting at the Commission on Military-Technical Cooperation with Foreign States on Monday. During the meeting, Putin called for the world's arms manufacturers to follow the example of Russia, which he said only supplies weapons to legitimate governments.

He said "Russia appreciates its reputation as a responsible player in the global arms market. We fully abide by the obligations we have undertaken as well as non-proliferation regimes and the regimes of armament control. Let me note that Russian law allows supplying arms to foreign countries providing it is performed strictly within legal limits. Russia enters such agreements with legitimate governments only, strictly for defense purposes and for ensuring the sovereignty of these countries. Moreover, the current situation in every region is always scrutinized. We believe that supplying weapons to illegal formations undermines the basic principles of security in any country, in any region in the world and the world in general. I am sure that if all the world's arms exporters had the same approach as Russia, a lot of wars in different regions of the world’s might not have happened."

Major topics discussed included the development of the domestic military-industrial complex and the legal protection of intellectual activity in the field of military-technical cooperation.

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Russia: Putin - Russia a "responsible player in global arms market"

Russian President Vladimir Putin chaired a meeting at the Commission on Military-Technical Cooperation with Foreign States on Monday. During the meeting, Putin called for the world's arms manufacturers to follow the example of Russia, which he said only supplies weapons to legitimate governments.

He said "Russia appreciates its reputation as a responsible player in the global arms market. We fully abide by the obligations we have undertaken as well as non-proliferation regimes and the regimes of armament control. Let me note that Russian law allows supplying arms to foreign countries providing it is performed strictly within legal limits. Russia enters such agreements with legitimate governments only, strictly for defense purposes and for ensuring the sovereignty of these countries. Moreover, the current situation in every region is always scrutinized. We believe that supplying weapons to illegal formations undermines the basic principles of security in any country, in any region in the world and the world in general. I am sure that if all the world's arms exporters had the same approach as Russia, a lot of wars in different regions of the world’s might not have happened."

Major topics discussed included the development of the domestic military-industrial complex and the legal protection of intellectual activity in the field of military-technical cooperation.

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