05 Jun '11, 11pm

Russian submarines for self-defence: Vietnam: SINGAPORE - VIETNAM said on Sunday six Kilo class diesel-powered s...

Vietnam said on Sunday six Kilo class diesel-powered submarines that it was buying from Russia would be used only for self-defence. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM SINGAPORE - VIETNAM said on Sunday six Kilo class diesel-powered submarines that it was buying from Russia would be used only for self-defence. 'We regard this as a normal activity for the People's Army of Vietnam,' Vietnamese Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh told the Shangri-La Security Meeting in Singapore. 'That is to defend (the country) and take part in national construction. Vietnam's policy is completely for self defence and we would never compromise any other country's sovereignty. But we must deter anyone who tries to compromise Vietnam's sovereignty.' The submarine deal, signed in 2009, is worth US$3.2 billion (S$3.9 billion), according to Russian media. Vietnam is one of the claimants to the oil-rich...

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