Vietnam will allow Russia to set up a ship maintenance station in the port of Cam Ranh, Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang said© AFP 2013/ Hoang Dinh Nam
MOSCOW, July 27 (RIA Novosti)
Vietnam will allow Russia to set up a ship maintenance base at its port of Cam Ranh, Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang said on Friday.
Sang, speaking to the Voice of Russia radio station ahead of a meeting with President Vladimir Putin, stressed that the port would not be a Russian military base. But he also said that Cam Ranh would be used to help develop “military co-operation” between the two former Cold War allies.
Sang also said Hanoi was planning to develop the capacity to provide maintenance services to any foreign ship docking at Cam Ranh, a former Soviet naval base.
Russia currently has only one foreign military base outside the former Soviet Union – in Tartus, Syria. But officials say the base is little more than a re-fuelling stop for Russian warships.
Russia’s naval chief, Vice Admiral Viktor Chirkov, confirmed on Friday that Russia was in talks on obtaining naval bases in Cuba, Vietnam and in the Seychelles.
“We are indeed continuing work to ensure the stationing of Russian Navy forces outside the Russian Federation,” he said in an interview with RIA Novosti. “As part of this work at the international level, we are discussing issues related to the creation of [ship] maintenance stations in Cuba, in the Seychelles and in Vietnam.”
The Russian Navy saw that it badly needed foreign bases after 2008, when Russian warships joined international anti-piracy efforts in the Gulf of Aden. Russia has also discussed the possibility of using ports in Djibouti for its warships in the past.
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- ratnikViet Nam21:40, 28/07/2012John McCain, whose life was saved by a North Vietnamese man after attacking north VN, will, no doubt, have more rash words now to develop further his anti-Putin rhetoric which has become so very, very tiresome and vexatious to the cause of world peace. The Vietnamese still remember all the many American war-crimes, agent orange, B52 carpet bombing, weather war, the armalite rifle, cluster bombs, and now John McCAin who learned absolutely nothing during his stay there and still understands nothing.
- SirkoAmerican Bullshit War Hero....!!!!09:09, 29/07/2012Anything new there????
The Vietnamese people suffered brutally under the onslaught of American Imperialism. Everything from chemical weapons to massacres of innocent villages and civilians with their quislings in Saigon. The same crap tactics they have used again and again in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan and others.
That phoney American War hero was not saved by a Vietnamese man. The North Vietnamese Army regulars saved him after he got shot down over Lake Hanoi. His squadron was attacking the oil depots north of the city but that rat veered off and attacked bridges in Hanoi. Presumably he was afraid of the SAM missiles defending the oil depots. The local people of Hanoi fished him out of the lake and began to beat the crap out him. That is how he got his arms broken. Some army regulars saved him from the mob.
Just goes to show you that no good deed goes unpunished. For if the Vietnamese army did not save him the world would be a far, far better place today without the fascist rat. He is a despicable, and I hesitate to use the word human being, rather a better description would be. He is a racists, frontal lobotomized fascist, a true representative of the principality of evil and then some, some...
Is that the definition of a war hero? Only in the American context one supposes..
He spent years in a POW camp in Hanoi and I once saw him
- SirkoP.S.09:14, 29/07/2012He spent years in a prison and I once saw him during an interview with the International Red Cross crying in a Hanoi jail. Yet another endearing quality of the quintessential American hero, crying for his mommy... :-)
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