Nigeria hopes for military cooperation deal with Russia this October

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Nigeria hopes to sign a military technical cooperation deal with Russia as President Muhammadu Buhari is soon to be in talks with President Vladimir Putin. The military deal will help Nigeria fight Boko Haram militants, Nigeria’s ambassador in Moscow said on Friday.

Buhari is due to meet Putin on the sidelines of a Russia-Africa summit in the Black Sea city of Sochi amid a push by Moscow to expand its influence in Africa in October, Reuters reports.

“We’re sure that with Russian help we’ll manage to crush Boko Haram, given Russia’s experience combating Islamic State in Syria,” Nigerian envoy Steve Ugbah said in an interview with Russia’s RIA news agency.

He added that Nigeria was interested in purchasing Russian helicopters, planes, tanks and other military equipment.

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Ugbah said a military technical cooperation deal between Russia and Nigeria had already been drafted and that it only needed to be finalised.

“We hope president Buhari can take the talks to their logical end … The agreement will open new possibilities in such areas as the supply of military equipment and training for specialists,” he said.

Yetunde Adegoke

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