Russia, Turkey report 14 ceasefire breaches in Syria per dayWorld January 18, 19:17
Analyst believes removal of sanctions can be political bargaining chip with RussiaRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 18, 18:45
Arctic Forum’s task is to change perception of region as source of raw material — officialBusiness & Economy January 18, 18:28
OPEC revises Russia’s oil production outlook downward by 110,000 bpd in 2017Business & Economy January 18, 18:20
OSCE says preparations for talks on Transnistria to begin in near futureWorld January 18, 18:15
About 1,500 officials may attend Arctic ForumBusiness & Economy January 18, 17:38
Russia, Turkey conducting first joint air operation against Islamic StateMilitary & Defense January 18, 17:20
Austria as OSCE chair to strengthen monitor mission in Ukraine — top diplomatWorld January 18, 17:14
Russian food inflation declines threefold in 2016 — Central BankBusiness & Economy January 18, 17:01
MANAGUA, February 12. /TASS/. Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has arrived in Nicaragua with an official visit. He will sign a number of bilateral agreements between Russia and the Central American nation.
"During his visit to Managua, the head of the Russian Defense Ministry will hold negotiations with commander-in-chief of the Nicaraguan Army General Julio Aviles," head of the Russian Defense Ministry’s press service Major General Igor Konashenkov told journalists on Thursday. Shoigu will also have a meeting with Nicaraguan President Jose Daniel Ortega.
The issues of military and technical cooperation will be discussed, Konashenkov said. "It is also planned to sign a number of bilateral documents in the framework of the visit," he added.
According to Russian Defense Ministry’s assessments, the relations between Moscow and Managua in the military sphere develop rather dynamically. The defense ministers of the two countries regularly hold meetings. In 2013, Russian cruiser Moskva for the first time called at a Nicaraguan port, while Long Range Aviation jets landed at local aerodromes.
Moscow is holding negotiations with Managua on using Nicaraguan aerodromes, establishing centers for inventory and logistical supports for the Navy, and simplifying the procedure for Russian ships to call at the country’s ports. Shoigu said the issue of using aerodromes in Nicaragua and Cuba is "close to practical realization."
The agreement on a simplified procedure of calling at Nicaraguan ports may be signed in the nearest future. Nicaragua will become the third country to reach such an agreement with Russia, after Syria and Vietnam. At the same time, there are no discussions on permanent presence of Russian military in Nicaragua.
The Central American nation may also be interested in Russian defense-related products. Russia’s arms exporter Rosoboronexport said that Nicargaua will consider offers "in the aviation sphere."