Equatorial Guinea signs military army training agreement with Russia

Equatorial Guinea and Russia have signed an agreement for Russian military instructors to train the country’s army, announced vice-president Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, popularly known as “Teodorín”, son of President Teodoro Obiang.

“Equatorial Guinea and Russia signed a military training agreement”, declared Obiang Mangue on his X social network account on Thursday night.

It is “an agreement that will allow Russian instructors to travel to the country to train soldiers from different branches of the national army”, he added.

The signing took place during a meeting between Obiang Mangue and a delegation from the Russian Ministry of Defense on a working visit to the African country, led by Deputy Minister Yunusbek Yevkurov.

“We also discussed Equatorial Guinea’s military capacity to guarantee the security of any event organized by our country. This point reinforces the candidacy presented by our country to organize the next Russia-Africa summit”, added the vice-president. Equato-Guinean president.

“Teodorin” discussed issues of military cooperation last December with the then Russian Deputy Minister of Defense, Alexandr Fomin, on a visit to Moscow that followed his father’s visit at the beginning of November, where he met with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.

“I would like us to strengthen cooperation in matters of security and defense, since Russia has supported Equatorial Guinea”, said Teodoro Obiang, in Spanish, during the meeting held at the Kremlin leader’s country house.

Russia has strengthened its presence on the African continent in recent years. In July last year, at the second Russia-Africa summit in St. Petersburg, Putin announced the reopening of embassies in several African countries, including Equatorial Guinea.

To strengthen ties with Africa, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited four African countries this week: Guinea-Conakry, the Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso and Chad.

Russia has military agreements with the five Portuguese-speaking African countries that are members of the CPLP, and already had a military agreement signed with Equatorial Guinea.

The agreement signed at the end of last April between Moscow and São Tomé and Príncipe was until now the most recent among the set of agreements signed with the countries of the Portuguese-speaking community, with the agreement with Angola, by far, the most ambitious , according to their texts, consulted by Lusa.

Equatorial Guinea already had an agreement signed with Russia in July 2015, which provides for a simplified procedure for the entry of Russian warships into its territorial sea, and the docking of Russian warships in its ports, repairing naval, among other related aspects.

Since its independence from Spain in 1968, Equatorial Guinea has been considered by human rights organizations as one of the most repressive countries in the world, due to accusations of detention and torture of dissidents and the allegation §ions of repeated electoral fraud.

Teodoro Obiang, who turned 82 on the 5th, has governed the country with an “iron fist” since 1979, when he overthrew his uncle, Francisco Macias, in a coup d’état, and is the president who has served for the longest time. time in power around the world.


Francesco Giganti

Journalist, social media, blogger and pop culture obsessive in newshubpro

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