Putin: Russia must maintain leading positions on defense export despite COVID-19 pandemic

Russian Leader believes that demand for Russian military vehicles will stay

The current situation with the novel coronavirus requires flexible changes in the area of military-technical cooperation in order to maintain Russia’s leading positions on defense export, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday during a session on military-technical cooperation with foreign states. TASS reported.

He noted that international competition in the sphere of military-technical cooperation is very high, and the spread of the coronavirus infection that affects the global economy creates additional risks.

"In this regard, we will need to make flexible and quick changes to the forms and methods of our work and to find effective ways to maintain Russia’s leading positions on the export of military products," the Russian leader stated.

President Putin has no doubts regarding Russian military vehicles’ competitiveness on global market.

"I am certain that competitiveness of Russian military vehicles and demand for it will stay," the head of state said during the meeting of Commission on military-technical cooperation.

"This is due to [Russian vehicles’] unique properties and specs, as well as cutting-edge designs," the President said.

According to Putin, "high indicators of 2019 are a result of intense labour of the military-industrial complex companies and organisation that export the military produce."

The President thanked the "working collectives of defense companies, everyone involved in the military-technical cooperation, for quality, selfless and fruitful work.".

On COVID-19 pandemic in Russia, a total of 10,131 coronavirus cases have been confirmed, 698 patients having recovered from the virus. Moscow accounts for the majority of cases (6,698). 

Russia’s latest data indicates 76 fatalities nationwide.

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