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Indonesia, Russia bolster military ties

September 7, 2007

By ROBIN McDOWELL, Associated Press Writer

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Russia signed a $1 billion deal with Indonesia on Thursday to provide the world’s most populous Muslim nation with assault helicopters, amphibious tanks and advanced submarines — expanding Moscow‘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.

President Vladimir Putin, 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 collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

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