Russian foreign policy
Russian policy in Africa


Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexander Saltanov Meets with Nigerian Ambassador to Moscow Dan Suleiman


A meeting took place on October 12 between Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Alexander Saltanov and Dan Suleiman, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Moscow.

During the conversation, a number of issues in Russian-Nigerian relations of mutual concern were examined. Particular emphasis was placed on the situation with the Russian seamen on trial in Nigeria from the African Pride tanker, which belongs to a Greek ship owner. After expressing satisfaction with their release from prison on bail in September, Saltanov again urged the Nigerian side to take all necessary action to speedily finish legal proceedings in this case and render a fair verdict.

Several specific steps to intensify bilateral trade-and-economic cooperation also were discussed. The Russian side underscored the importance of strengthening the appropriate juridical base and making use of the available agreed-upon mechanisms and business capabilities of the two countries.

October 12, 2005

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