Russia Signs Military Cooperation Pacts With Nigeria, Niger – Russia Defense Minister

by Bamidele Ogunberu Posted on August 23rd, 2017

Russia has signed military cooperation agreements respectively with Nigeria and Niger, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday in separate statements. The Russia-Nigeria pact allows Nigerian servicemen to be trained in Russia’s military educational establishments, it said.

According to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, the two countries will pay special attention to joint training of troops, exchange of peacekeeping experience, and fighting against piracy and terrorism.

The Russia-Niger agreement “will promote further improvement of cooperation and strengthen the two militaries in the fight against international terrorism,” said the Russian Defense Ministry.

Photo: Russian President, Vladimir Putin

Shoigu held separate talks with his counterparts from the two African countries on the sidelines of the Army 2017 International Military-Technical Forum that kicked off Tuesday outside Moscow.

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