This arial view from July 29, 2021 shows a general view of Niger’s capital Niamey
NIAMEY (Sputnik) – The visit of Russian Deputy Defense Minister Col. Gen. Yunus-Bek Evkurov to Niger will strengthen cooperation between the two countries, Niger’s military-appointed Prime Minister Ali Mahaman Lamine Zeine told Sputnik. In early December, a Russian delegation led by Evkurov visited the Nigerien capital of Niamey.
"Niger has been cooperating with the Russian Federation for a very long time. So this visit of the Deputy Minister of Defense is part of strengthening and deepening this cooperation," Zeine said.
Niger has been facing challenges related to terrorism for about ten years, so the country requires support from friendly states, he added.WorldRussia-Africa Summit Boosts Moscow’s Cooperation With the Continent 29 July 2023, 05:00 GMT