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Russian PM urges efforts to surpass competitors on global arms market


08:49, May 23, 2013

MOSCOW, May 22 (Xinhua) -- Russia must promote its weapons to surpass global competitors, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday.

Huge work has been done to allow Russia to become a world leaders in arms sales, Medvedev said in an address to the Federal Military-Technical Cooperation Service, which turns 60 Wednesday.

He said multipurpose weapons and equipment have been in high demand on the global arms market.

Russian weapon exports reached a record high of 15.2 billion U.S. dollars last year, President Vladimir Putin said in April.

Russian-made weapons are supplied to 66 countries, Putin said. He noted that Russia has military-technical cooperation agreements with 85 countries and enjoys broad prospects for forging closer military ties with many countries.

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