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Russia And China Sign Military Agreement

Moscow, May 6 (RFE/RL) -- Moscow and Beijing today signed a military agreement on delivering Russian hardware to China.

RFE/RL Moscow correspondent quotes the Russian Defence Ministry as saying that the agreement was signed in Moscow by Russia's Defence Minister Pavel Grachev and visiting Chinese Chief of Staff Fu Quan You. The Russian defence ministry declined to give details on the agreement. And the price of the deal is also unknown.

Fu Quan You arrived in Moscow last week on a six-days visit. Earlier this year Russia reportedly sold to China more than 50 "Sukhoi-27" interceptors, worth more than 25 thousand million dollars. It also sold two diesel "Kilo" class submarines.

Western countries have expressed concern about Russian-Chinese military cooperation, but Moscow has said there is no reason to fear the renewal of closer ties between Russia and China.