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ABUJA – Russian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Nikolay Udovincheko, says Russian to Nigeria will be reopened to promote and ties between two countries.

Udovincheko stated this during a courtesy visit by Director of News Agency of Nigeria, Mr Ima Niboro, to Russian Embassy Wednesday in Abuja.

The ambassador said the embassy was also working towards opening a cultural centre in Nigeria to promote cultural diplomacy between both countries.

He lauded the decision by NAN to reopen its bureau in Moscow, and pledged to give “all the and appropriate support’’ to help in achieving the Agency’s objective.

Udovincheko said Russia considered Nigeria to be a strategic in because of its numerous opportunities in human and natural resources.

“Nigeria is the largest economy in 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 role in defining world politics, adding that Russia was keen sustaining its cooperation with Nigeria areas such as the media, culture and economy.

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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.

He said that a crew from Russia Today, an international multilingual television network, would be in Nigeria soon to do a documentary Nollywood,  a key driver in the country.

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 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 to Moscow to learn more about Russia.

He explained that the quantum of between the two countries remained less 250 million dollars annually in spite of the that they had enjoyed cordial relations for over 50 years.

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 and ties between both countries. The NAN 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.

Niboro expressed the optimism that direct flights to Nigeria from Moscow or other cities in Russia would economic and trade relations between both countries. (NAN)

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