Nigeria, Russia Sign Military Pact To Battle Insurgency

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Nigeria and Russia have signed a military pact, providing a legal framework for the supply of equipment and the training of troops, the Nigerian embassy in Moscow said on Wednesday.

The Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd), signed the agreement on behalf of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, while the Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, Dmitry Shugaev, signed for the Russian Federation.

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This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Nigerian Embassy in Moscow, Russia.

According to the statement, “The signing ceremony, which took place on 23 August 2021, was witnessed by the Nigerian Ambassador to the Russian Federation, His Excellency (Prof.) Abdullahi Y. Shehu, the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Auwal Zubairu GAMBO, the Defence Attache in the Embassy of Nigeria in Moscow, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo ADESANYA, representatives of the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Air Force, other senior military officers, and officials of the Nigerian Ministry of Defence.

“This Agreement terminates the earlier Agreement between the two countries signed on 6 March 2001.

“In a brief statement after the signing ceremony, Ambassador Shehu expressed appreciation to the Russian authorities and reiterated that Nigeria is not looking for an alternative but for complementarity and mutual benefits.”

The statement added, “The Agreement on Military-Technical Cooperation between both countries provides a legal framework for the supply of military equipment, provision of after-sales services, training of personnel in respective educational establishments and technology transfer, among others.

“In a brief statement after the signing ceremony, Ambassador Shehu expressed appreciation to the Russian authorities and reiterated that Nigeria is not looking for an alternative but for complementarity and mutual benefits.”

The statement added, “The Agreement on Military-Technical Cooperation between both countries provides a legal framework for the supply of military equipment, provision of after-sales services, training of personnel in respective educational establishments and technology transfer, among others.

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