An intergovernmental agreement facilitating visits of Russian Navy ships to Nicaraguan ports and a number of other military-technological cooperation documents were signed in Managua on Thursday, Russian Defense Minister Gen. Sergei Shoigu said.
"The agreements we have signed today develop and put into legal form our traditionally amicable relations," Shoigu stated.
The agreement facilitating visits of Russian warships to Nicaraguan ports will broaden the range of bilateral naval contacts, the minister said, adding that the other accords were related to military-technological cooperation projects.
He mentioned an extensive military education program, which is set to enlarge the number of Nicaraguan servicemen attending Russian military schools.
Russia will hold a number of major international events this year, "mostly in connection with the 70th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War [of 1941-1945]," Shoigu said.
There will be an international security conference and a military-technological forum tasked to demonstrate prospective military and dual-use products in April, he said.
"We have invited our Nicaraguan colleagues to participate. Hopefully, these events will bolster our military-technological contacts," Shoigu noted.
As to the joint efforts of Russia and Nicaragua in the crackdown on drug trafficking, Shoigu said that was a global problem and countries had to deal with it together.
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