MOSCOW, May 26. /TASS/. Many African countries display even greater interest in efficient military-technical cooperation with Russia due to remaining terrorism-related tensions on the continent, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told TASS Wednesday.
According to the diplomat, Russia has experience of military-technical cooperation with a large number of African states, if not most of them, and long-lasting contacts between the military.
"There is a treaty and legal basis, there are memorandums on cooperation, there are agreements for cooperation, both military and military-technical. All these issues are present, both on paper, and being implemented in real life. A rather active exchange of delegations is going on, including representatives of Defense Ministry and other our agencies, such as Rosoboronexport, Federal Service for Military-technical cooperation," he added. "The work continues actively. Many states display even greater interest than before in making our cooperation as efficient as possible."
According to the senior diplomat, such interest is caused by persisting hotbeds of tensions: so-called hotspots and various conflicts.
"These conflicts are, of course, being explained by the fact that there are still many areas where terrorists, extremists have dug in. All this, of course, was connected to the 2011 events - the destruction of Libya, when all kinds of extremists, terrorists poured into the Sahara-Sahel area from. This is a major challenge for security and stability of a number of African countries, who, of course, contact us for aid and support," he added.