The ambassador said the embassy was also working towards opening a cultural centre in Nigeria to promote cultural diplomacy between both countries.
“Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa and it needs objective and balanced information that promotes cooperation and harmony between different groups in the country and the international community,’’ he said.
The ambassador noted the occurrence of “distorted facts’’ in the reportage of some issues in Nigeria by some international media. He also noted that the mass media play a major role in defining world politics, adding that Russia was keen on sustaining its cooperation with Nigeria areas such as the media, culture and economy.
Udovincheko expressed the embassy’s willingness to facilitate renewal of the news exchange agreement between NAN and the Russian News Agency, Interfax, to promote issues of public and national interests.
On education, the Russian ambassador applauded the bilateral ties between the two countries in the sector which, he noted, had facilitated the training of hundreds of Nigerians in different fields in Russian universities.
“In 2014, 70 Nigerian students were invited to study in Russia on scholarship, and we are optimistic that after their programme they will return to Nigeria to contribute to the development of the country,’’ he said. The ambassador said the embassy was also planning an exchange visit for Nigerian youths to Moscow to learn more about Russia.
Earlier, Niboro told the ambassador that a key mandate of NAN is “to report Nigeria to the world and the world to Nigeria’’.
He said the agency’s planned reopening of a bureau in Moscow would go a long way in promoting economic and trade ties between both countries. The NAN managing director urged the ambassador to use his good office and make sure Aeroflot, the largest airline of the Russian Federation, resumes direct flight to Nigeria.