Thursday, March 31, 2011

Brunei and Ukraine Sign Defense Agreements

01 April 2011

The Defence White Paper 2007 mentioned that the enhancement of the RBLF's mobility will include the introduction of new Infantri Fighting Vehicle (IFV) to enable a higher operasional tempo. Additionally, studies are currently being conducted to increase firepower at various levels within the land component (photo : Defense Industry Daily)

The Foreign Minister stated that Ukraine can equip Brunei

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Konstantin Grishchenko stated that Ukraine has something to offer to Brunei to strengthen its own defenses."We have a lot to offer to strengthen the defense capability of this small country. Of course, there is not a question of some sort of huge volumes of supply", - said the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry news conference today in Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei), commenting on the outcome of bilateral negotiations President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and the Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah (Hassanal Bolkiah).

Gryshchenko said that a memorandum of understanding between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of the Sultan of cooperation in defense sphere involves training of Ukrainian specialists Brunei armed forces and creating conditions for effective implementation of supply of those types of military equipment that are interested in partners in Brunei.

"I think we have something that might be interested in just those responsible for defense of Brunei", - concluded the Minister.

The Director-General of the state concern Ukroboroneksport Dmitry Salamatin today also announced that Ukraine and Brunei have been negotiating a military-technical sphere. "We have good prospects on building relationships in the military-technical sphere," - he said at a press conference in the city of Bandar Seri Begawan.

Salamatin also expressed hope that in the near future the parties will proceed to discuss specific issues. However, while he did not mention what specific areas of cooperation will take place. "We presented the full range of options that have the Ukrainian military-industrial complex. These features are very interested in our partners. I hope that the talks will be productive," - he said.

However, Salamatin reported that the July 6-9 this year Ukrspetsexport take part in an exhibition of products of the military-industrial complex, which will be held in Brunei.

Director-General of the state concern "Ukroboroneksport Dmitry Salamatin located in the state of the Ukrainian delegation in Brunei.

As reported earlier today, Foreign Minister also said that Ukraine is studying the possibility of its participation in Brunei projects for oil and gas.

We remind the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, together with the state delegation is in Brunei for a state visit on 29-31 March. During the visit, signed an intergovernmental memorandum on cooperation in defense sphere. The document envisages joint military exercises, personnel exchanges and cooperation in the defense industry, the reform of the armed forces of both countries.The memorandum also laid the foundation of the Ukrainian-Brunei cooperation in defense and military-technical spheres, address the issues of information security and protection of intellectual property rights in both countries. The document provides for the establishment of a permanent joint committee of defense ministers of both countries.

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