16 Jan 2016

Russian soldiers expected in Fiji for weapons training

7:24 pm on 16 January 2016

Fiji's acting military commander says Russian military personnel are expected in the country next month to train Fijian soldiers.

The announcement comes after the arrival in Suva this week of 25 shipping containers of military equipment donated by Moscow.

The acting commander, Read Admiral Viliame Naupoto, says the donation consists of small arms, supporting weapons, two military trucks, and advanced training equipment.

He says the weapons are essential for Fiji's United Nations peacekeeping missions, as many soldiers are using out-dated weaponry which makes them poorly equipped.

Mr Naupoto told Fiji TV that members of the Russian military are due in Fiji next month to formally hand over the equipment and help train Fijian soldiers.

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