Russia dispatches military trainers and equipment to Niger Republic

Russia dispatches military trainers and equipment to Niger Republic

To deepen security ties with Niger Republic, Russia has sent military trainer aircraft, air defense systems and other equipment to the West African country.

Niger's military junta agreed in January to step up military cooperation with Russia after expelling French troops who were helping fight armed rebellions in several Sahel countries.

However, broadcaster Telesahel reported late on Thursday that “the latest military equipment and military instructors” from the Russian Ministry of Defense had landed in the capital, and showed a Russian transport plane arriving at Niamey airport.

Russia will help “install air defense systems to ensure complete control of our country's airspace,” the report said.

State-run Radio Television de Niger announced on its Facebook page that 100 Russian military instructors had arrived in Niamey.

There was no immediate comment from Russia. Russia is trying to increase its influence on the African continent by promoting itself as a friendly country with no colonial background.

Niger, one of the world's poorest countries, has been a front-line partner for the West in fighting armed fighters in the Sahel region, but has been under the influence of Russia since the overthrow of President Mohamed Bazoum, who was elected in a coup last July. I started to rely on him.


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