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“Vietnam is not planning to host Russian military base although relations between both countries have improved”, Spokesman for Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Hai Bin said on Thursday.
Vietnamese diplomat stated that the foreign policy of Hanoi that characterizes independence, peace and openness was based on the diversification and multipolarity. The country pursues policy of three “nos”
“We are not joining any international military alliances, do not take side of one state against another and not allow anyone to install its military bases on our territory”, Le Hai Bin said.
Mr. Le Hai Bin explained that his statement is reaction of Vietnam’s government to the torrent of the articles in Russian press about Moscow considering to rebuild its Cam Ranh military base.
On October 7th, 2016 Nikolai Pankov, Russian Deputy Minister of Defense said that the military commanders are considering return of the Soviet military bases around the world. “We have been working on that. We understand this issue”, he said.
Member of Russian Parliament Alexey Tshepa suggested that the Russian military presence should be restored in Latin America, South-East Asia and Africa. “It is necessary to consider our involvement in other countries”, said Mr. Tshepa. “In my opinion the restoration of our closed military bases in Latin America, South-East Asia and Africa are in the Russian national interest.”, he added.
Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov explained that the return of Russian military forces to Cuba and Vietnam became possible due to the changes in international security and political order. “International order is not static but rather elastic. You can see, that major corrections were made to the international security in the last two years. Therefore all states assess these changes making appropriate decisions in accordance with their national interests”, Mr. Peskov said.
During the last decade of Cold War Moscow’s Pacific fleet consisted of an incredible 826 ships, including 133 submarines, 190 naval bomber jets and 150 anti-submarine aircraft.
The Soviet military base in Cam Ranh was opened in 1979 and closed in 2001.
(RIA-Novosti, TASS, pht)