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Russia quietly expands military ties with Laos

Beijing has not objected to Moscow's military role in the region, experts say

Russia sold $6.6 billion in arms to Southeast Asia between 2010 and 2017, making it the largest weapons supplier to the region.   © Reuters

MOSCOW -- Russia is quietly strengthening military ties with Laos in a bid to reestablish itself as a major player in Southeast Asia.

On Dec. 10, Russia and Laos launched their first-ever joint military exercise. More than 500 soldiers from both countries and numerous tanks are participaing in the nine-day Laros 2019 exercise at the Ban Peng training ground in Laos.

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