Cameroun has striked a deal with Russia for military cooperation.
According to security sources, the agreement dated April 12 is part of the continuation of a military tie between the two nations for several years, with the emphasis recently on the revision of the military deal signed in 2015.
“On the instructions of Cameroun’s Head of State Paul Biya and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Defence Minister Joseph Beti Assomo and his Russian counterpart, General Sergei Shoogou, inked the documents that define this new military cooperation,” they said.
Russia and Cameroun signed the defense cooperation agreement said to be aimed at boosting Cameroun’s military as it combats Boko Haram militants.
In the 13 page document, the two nations have agreed to exchange opinions and information on defense policies and international security, development of relations in the areas of joint training, medicine, topography or military hydrography.
The two nations also agree to exchange experiences, and interactions in peace support operations under the aegis of the United Nations.
The symbolic deal established in Moscow, comes as several countries around the world withdraw ties with the Kremlin, to impose sanctions.
The signing of the agreement comes months after Russian forces invaded Ukraine.
Cameroun has been mute on the said invasion. During a UN meeting organised on the issue, Cameroun was amongst countries which failed to vote in favour of Russia’s withdrawal from Ukraine.