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Russia discusses air defense system deliveries with Rwanda

June 03, 14:04 updated at: June 03, 15:06 UTC+3
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Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Rwanda Louise Mushikiwabo

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Rwanda Louise Mushikiwabo

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KIGALI (Rwanda), June 3. /TASS/. Russia and Rwanda are developing military and technical cooperation and both sides are discussing the deliveries of Russian air defense systems, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after negotiations with his Rwandan counterpart Louise Mushikiwabo on Sunday.

"We indeed have fairly good cooperation in the military and technical sphere. The Rwandan security forces, army and law-enforcement agencies operate our helicopters. There are also Ural vehicles used by the army and the security service and a whole bunch of small arms. Now the deliveries of air defense systems are being discussed," Lavrov said.

As the Russian foreign minister noted, "last year, an inter-governmental commission for military and technical cooperation was set up."

"It held its first session in Kigali in the autumn of 2017 to map out concrete ways of developing interaction in this sphere. The second session is planned for the autumn of this year in Moscow," the Russian foreign minister said.

Russia and Rwanda have good prospects for developing cooperation in this sphere, Lavrov noted.

‘We are content with how our military and technical cooperation is developing and it has a good history and good prospects," the Russian foreign minister said.

‘We agreed to continue our cooperation concerning law-enforcement agencies and special services, first of all, in the fight against terrorism, which, unfortunately, has also taken root on the African continent," Lavrov said.

Russia and Rwanda are also interested in implementing joint projects for the peaceful use of atomic energy, Lavrov said.

 

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