Russia and Indonesia sign defence co-operation agreement

The presidents of Russia and Indonesia have signed a defence co-operation accord in Sochi, it was reported on 19 May.

Full details of the agreement signed by presidents Vladimir Putin and Joko Widodo were not disclosed. But the heads of state said in a joint statement that they had agreed to widen contacts between defence ministries and security agencies and to conduct an exchange of intelligence information.

In September 2015, IHS Jane’s reported that Indonesia was discussing with Moscow the terms of a USD3 billion loan to support its acquisition of Russian military equipment.

Indonesia has previously secured loans from Moscow to procure Kurganmashzavod BMP-3F infantry fighting vehicles, Mil Mi-17-V5 helicopters, Mi-35P helicopters, and Sukhoi combat aircraft.

Full article: Russia and Indonesia sign defence co-operation agreement (IHS Jane’s 360)

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