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COAS urges resuscitation of Nigerian Army/Russian Defence partnership

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COAS urges resuscitation of Nigerian Army/Russian Defence partnership

By Sumaila Ogbaje

The Chief of Staff of the Army (COAS), Lieutenant-General. Farouk Yahaya, says it is necessary to resuscitate the partnership between the Nigerian army and the Russian defense.

Yahaya said this when Russian Ambassador to Nigeria Alexey Shebarshin paid him a courtesy visit to his office in Abuja on Thursday.

He said Nigeria and Russia have been cooperating for decades, adding that some of the military equipment used by the Nigerian military has been purchased from Russia.

According to him, we will take advantage of the envoy’s visit to explore new areas.

He listed some of the areas to include Nigerian army aviation, artillery equipment, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

According to him, the army is particularly interested in drones in order to have a longer surveillance capacity to facilitate counterinsurgency operations.

“We have a lot of demands and we know we can get support from Russia.

“We will discuss further and see the areas where we can cooperate,” he said.

Earlier, the Russian ambassador to Nigeria said that the Russian defense had made many inroads in the field of war equipment.

The ambassador said his country could be of great importance to Nigeria in continuing the ongoing counterinsurgency operations.

According to him, Nigeria occupies a very important position in Africa, because the peace and stability of the country are of paramount interest to Russia.

He said Nigeria must do everything to resist the onslaught of terrorists and bandits in order to be able to ensure stability and development, adding that any nation that wants peace must do whatever it takes.

“We are here today because we know that the Nigerian military today is the basis of stability in your country and that peace is absolutely necessary to solve the development problems in your country.

“Our idea is that Nigeria is a point of central and vital importance in Africa and that the stability and development of your country will stabilize the African continent.

“We think it’s in our best interest because we have many multinational companies in different countries,” he said.

Source: NAN

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