President Vladimir Putin of Russia has pledged to assist Nigeria battle terrorism and defeat religious extremism.
President Putin made the promise while hosting the Nigerian Ambassador to Russia, Professor Abdullahi Y. Shehu, who presented his Letter of Credence to him at the Grand Kremlin Palace.
Speaking on certain sectors of bilateral cooperation with Nigeria, President Putin confirmed “very promising expansion on substantive dialogue on topical issues related to maintaining stability in the world hydrocarbon markets, combating terrorism and countering religious extremism.”
According to him, his country was open to mutually beneficial partnership with all countries without exception but based on equality and respect for each other’s interests, while observing the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of each other.
The president further announced that Russia was prepared for multifaceted interfaces for mutual interests with the countries that their new envoys had come to represent in Russia.