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Friday, March 26, 2010

Vietnam asks Russia to help build submarine base

MOSCOW — Russia’s defense minister is being quoted by news reports as saying that Moscow will help Vietnam build a submarine base.

Anatoly Serdyukov said today according to Russian news agencies that Vietnam needs the base for the six diesel-electric submarines it ordered from Russia.

Serdyukov, who visited Vietnam earlier this week, says that the country also wants Russia to help build a ship repair yard that could service visiting Russian navy ships.

The Soviet Union provided Vietnam with billions of dollars in economic and military aid during the Cold War, but ties unraveled after the Soviet collapse. In 2003, Russia withdrew from a Soviet-era naval base in Cam Ranh Bay.