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International relations

Russia locks onto Southeast Asia to boost arms sales

Flexible payment options help win orders outside US-China divide

Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets rehearse for an air show in August 2019. Indonesia looks to buy 11 of these Russian planes, paying for them partly with rubber and other goods.   © Reuters

JAKARTA/MOSCOW -- Battered by protracted Western sanctions, Russia has intensified efforts to sell arms to Southeast Asia, looking to lift its economy and diversify diplomatic relations in an increasingly polarized world.

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