Fiji receives weapons from Russia

Suva, Feb 9 (IANS) Fiji has received weapons worth around $8 million from Russia, government officials announced on Tuesday.

Defence Minister Timoci Natuva said the guns and ammunition shipped to Fiji recently and received by the Republic of Fiji Military Forces are part of a memorandum signed by the Fijian and the Russian governments in 2013, Xinhua news agency reported.

The weapons are expected to strengthen the capabilities of Fijian troops on UN peacekeeping duties, the officials said.

Meanwhile, around 20 Russian soldiers, believed to be weapons experts, arrived in Fiji on Tuesday.

With the Look North policy in effect, Fiji has been expanding ties with non-traditional partners all over the world.

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