Russian President Vladimir Putin announced at the Russia-Africa summit hosted in St Petersburg that Moscow has signed cooperation agreements with more than 40 African countries.
"We are developing partnerships in military and military-technical cooperation with more than 40 African states to strengthen the defense capabilities of the countries," he said at the second Russia-Africa summit on Friday.
He said they are providing various weapons and technology to African states, some of them free of charge. "Some of these deliveries are provided on a gratuitous basis with the aim of enhancing the security and sovereignty of the countries," he said.
Members of the African delegation were invited to actively participate in military forums organized by Russia on the technical aspects of weapons and the use of equipment.
Putin also announced that Russia would provide assistance to these countries in their efforts to free themselves from the "remnants of colonialism".
The Russian leader reiterated that Russia will continue to replace Ukraine as a reliable grain supplier for Africa.
Source: The Guardian