LE BOURGET, October 25 (RIA Novosti)
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Russia and Italy have held renewed discussions on joint development of small conventionally-powered submarines, Russia's arms export company Rosoboronexport said at the Euronavale defense show on Thursday.
"We continue to discuss this question with our Italian colleagues," said Rosoboronexport's Deputy Director Ivan Goncharenko said. "The talks are just at the level of exploring ideas, general approaches, but they are taking place."
A contract was signed between Russia and Italy in 2004 for development of a conceptual project for a conventional submarine, with a design displacement of 1,050 tons for use in tropical conditions, near islands and in deep and shallow waters.
Russia currently operates one type of conventionally-powered submarines, the Project 877 (Kilo class) with the Project 636 (Improved Kilo class) in production, with a displacement of around 2,300 tons surfaced.
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The main event of the third day of the 11th meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi was the closing session with President Vladimir Putin. The atmosphere was calm and open, despite the current political tensions and the Russia-West confrontation. The Russian president said that it corresponded to the spirit of the Valdai Club.