By ROBIN McDOWELL, Associated Press Writer
JAKARTA, Indonesia –signed a $1 billion deal with on Thursday to provide the world’s most populous Muslim nation with assault helicopters, amphibious tanks and advanced submarines — expanding ‘s military clout in Asia.
The two nations also signed energy and mining agreements worth up to $8 billion and sent a pointed message to the United States: They oppose Washington on many key international issues, from the war in Iraq to the crisis in the Middle East.
, the first Russian — or Soviet _leader to visit Indonesia in nearly five decades, wants to reclaim some of the military and economic muscle Moscow had in Asia before the in 1991.
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