Buhari Travels To Russia

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has departed Abuja for Sochi, Russia, where he will be attending the Russia-Africa Economic Forum.

The three-day summit, which is expected to hold between October 23 and 25, will focus on exploring and expanding opportunities in security, trade and investment, science and technology, and gas production.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

 

 

According to the statement, the President, during the summit will meet with President Vladimir Putin of Russia to further strengthen relations in security, trade and investment, and building partnership that will enhance Nigeria’s huge gas potential, following Russia’s remarkable success in gas exportation.

The summit, which will be attended by African Heads of State, will bring fresh perspectives on some global issues and challenges like nuclear technology, energy development, digital transformation, environment, technical security, mining and steel, education, agriculture, infrastructure and development strategies.

Also, an African Business Forum, which will bring together African and Russian business leaders, will be held during the event to enhance Russian investments in Africa, and promote African business interest in the host country.

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President Buhari is being accompanied on the trip by Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State, Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State and Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State.

Others on the trip are: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo, Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite and Minister of State, Petroleum, Timipre Sylva.

 

Merkel Meets Putin Over Syria, Ukraine Crisis

German Chancellor, Angela Merkel has begun talks with President Vladimir Putin on her first visit to Russia since 2015.

The meeting, at Mr Putin’s summer residence in Sochi, comes at a low point in bilateral relations over the war in Syria and Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

They are expected to discuss both issues during their meeting – but no breakthroughs are expected.

Mr Putin will then meet Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday.

Ties between Russia and Germany have worsened since Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea in Ukraine, with Germany being a driving force behind the European Union sanctions imposed in response.

Russian Military Plane Crashes In Black Sea

Russia, Plane Crash, Black SeaIt is a bleak Christmas for Russia as a military plane that took off from Moscow crashed into the Black Sea.

According to Russia’s defence ministry, the aircraft with 92 people on board, disappeared from radar 20 minutes after taking off from the resort of Sochi at 02:20 GMT.

A military spokesperson confirmed that fragments of the Tu-154 plane have been found one mile from the Black Sea coast of the city of Sochi.

So far, no survivors have been found.

The plane, which was said to be carrying 64 members of the famed Alexandrov military band, nine reporters and eight crew members among others, was flying to the Syrian province of Latakia.

The flight had landed at Adler airport in Sochi for refuelling.

John Kerry Meets Russian President On Ukraine Crisis

RussianU.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, met Russian President, Vladimir Putin, on Tuesday, to probe Russia’s willingness to curb its involvement in Ukraine crisis and its backing of Syria’s President.

This was the highest-level U.S. visit to Russia since the Ukraine crisis began in the autumn of 2013.

The west accused Russia of arming rebels in eastern Ukraine and sending its troops there, a claim Moscow denied.

Kerry also met Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, for over four hours before he sat with President Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

While they were expected to discuss issues including the Iran nuclear talks, Yemen and Libya, the tour seemed planned to maintain contact, given that U.S.-Russian relations are at their lowest ebb since the Cold War.

“It’s important for us to keep these lines of communication open. It’s important to try to talk to the senior decision maker.

“We have a lot of business that we could do together if there is interest,” said a senior U.S. State Department official.

President Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, called the visit a “positive step”, noting that the Russian President was prepared for “extensive” discussions at the meeting.

“Through dialogue, it is possible to find ways for a normalisation, closer coordination in dealing with international problems,” Peskov told reporters before the talks began. “Russia was never the initiator of this cooling of relations,” he added.

More than 6,000 people have been killed since fighting began in April 2014 between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed rebels in the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

The conflict was subsequent to Russia’s takeover of the Crimean Peninsula in Southern Ukraine.

Two Killed In Moscow School Shooting

A Moscow high-school student shot a teacher and a police officer dead and held more than 20 other students hostage in a classroom on Monday (February 3) before he was disarmed and detained, Police said.

This is coming just days before Russia hosts the Winter Olympics.

In a rare school shooting in Russia, the attacker entered his school in Northern Moscow carrying a rifle and held students and a teacher hostage in a biology classroom, police in the capital said.

Police later said that the attacker had been detained and had been led out of the school and into a waiting car. According to the Lifenews website, he initially shot one officer and then opened fire at others who arrived at the scene.

The shooting sent dozens of students scurrying out the school while a police helicopter landed in a snow-covered field outside.

It came with Russia in the global spotlight four days before it hosts the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi.