January 15, 2019 / 8:44 AM / 5 months ago

Zimbabwe says it may need Russia to help modernize its army: RIA

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa (L, front) attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by the Kremlin wall in Moscow, Russia January 15, 2019. Sergei Ilnitsky/Pool via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Zimbabwe may need Russian help in modernizing its army in the future, Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa was quoted as saying by RIA news agency on Tuesday during a trip to Moscow.

Russia has signed at least 19 military cooperation deals with governments in sub-Saharan Africa since 2014, when it came under Western sanctions for annexing Crimea and stepped up efforts to diversify its economic and diplomatic partnerships.

Reporting by Katya Golubkova; Writing by Tom Balmforth

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