12 Mar 2018 17:42

China's orders for Russian weapons amount to some $6.5 bln - Kremlin aide Kozhin

MOSCOW. March 12 (Interfax) - The book of Chinese orders for Russian weapons and military hardware totals about $6.5 billion, Russian presidential aide for military-technical cooperation Vladimir Kozhin said.

"China, as well as India, is our privileged, reliable, and longstanding partner. China's book of orders amounts about $6.5 billion," Kozhin said in an interview with the television channel Rossiya-24 (VGTRK).

"We are continuing to implement major contracts for air defense systems, like the Triumfs, and for maneuverable fighter aircraft, and we also ship a large number of aviation engines to China. And these projects will continue," he said.

Russia is ready for China's growing competition in the military hardware market, he said.

"We are not antagonists, and if such problems arise, we can always reach agreement," Kozhin said.