The captain of a visiting Russian warship yesterday paid a courtesy call on the Ream Naval Base commander aimed at strengthening ties between the navies of both countries.
The 7,270-tonne Russian Federation warship “Perekop” docked at Sihanoukville Autonomous Port on Monday on a three-day visit to the Kingdom.
Naval base spokesman Rear Admiral Mey Dina yesterday said Captain Vladimir Cheroko met Vice Admiral Ouk Seyha to discuss the friendly ties enjoyed by both nations’ navies.
“Both parties discussed cooperation between the two navies and strengthening relations,” he said, adding that teams from the Russian warship and the naval base also had a friendly football match at the base on Monday.
Rear Admiral Dina noted that since 2011, 13 Russian warships, including Perekop, have visited the Kingdom.
He added that the Russian warship will leave for Vietnam today.
Chheang Vannarith, Asian Vision Institute president, yesterday said via email that Cambodia is open to cultivating friendship with any country that respects its national interests, independence and sovereignty and has actively engaged with regional countries and major powers.
“Russian-Cambodian bilateral ties have grown stronger over the past few years, especially in trade and security cooperation,” he said. “Russia is seeking to increase its presence and role in Southeast Asia and Cambodia is one of its key partners in the region.”