"We hope the agreement to buy the Su-35 can be realized. Military cooperation between the two countries was established a long time ago and we want to maintain that," Russian Ambassador to Indonesia Mikhail Galuzin said here on Monday.
The ambassador added that the Russian government was ready for the same if Indonesia decided to buy the Su-35.
In addition, Galuzin pointed out that there is also potential for cooperation to be achieved between the two nations in various fields, including construction, military, and nuclear energy.
"Russia believes that there is potential for cooperation with Indonesia in the construction and military sectors, among others. Also, if Indonesia is willing, we are ready to help in the development of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes," Galuzin stated.
The Indonesian government is still deliberating over whether it should buy new fighter jets to replace the old F-5 E Tigers.
Indonesian Military Commander Moeldoko listed several options for new fighter jets such as Sukhoi 35, Eurofighter Typhoon, SAAB JAS-39 Gripen, and F-16 Block 52+.
Currently, the country operates two types of Sukhois, the Su-27 and Su-30 MK2 that stand by at the Sultan Hasanuddin Airbase of Makassar.