By Mere Naleba in Suva
The Russian Ambassador to Fiji, Vladimir Morozov, and Russia’s head of the Missile Artillery Chief Directorate, Lieutenant-General Nikolay Parshin, have formally handed over military equipment from their government to the Republic of Fiji Military Forces.
Russian interpreter Captain Andrey Voroshilov, speaking on behalf of Lt-Gen Parshin, said at the handover yesterday the Russian government was hoping to strengthen its relationship with its Fijian counterparts.
The handover of the military equipment included a gunsmith workshop MPC-OP.1, maintenance workshop MPM-M3P, grenade launchers and grenade simulators.
Fiji’s acting military commander, Commodore Viliame Naupoto, was present to receive the assistance from the Russian government.