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Buhari, Putin To Strengthen Nigeria-Russia Relations     

President Buhari meets Putin in Russia.       

Funsho Akinwale

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, met his Russian counterpart, President Vladimir Putin, in Sochi, Russia, with an agreement to put Nigeria-Russia relations on a fast track.

The two presidents also perfected plans to complete several abandoned projects initiated by both countries.

Both leaders finalized their agreement during a bilateral meeting which held on the sidelines of the ongoing Russia-Africa Summit.

A statement released by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, noted that trade investment, military cooperation and infrastructural projects would form part of the agreement.

“We seek your government’s support, especially in the areas of wheat production. Today, Nigeria produces less than one hundred thousand metric tons of wheat locally while our imports are projected to exceed five million tons in 2020.

“We therefore need your support to bridge the deficit which will create jobs and save our foreign exchange for other important areas like security, defence and infrastructure,” President Buhari said.

President Putin, in his reaction, promised to promote joint efforts, given his country’s ranking as the current number one wheat producer in the world.

“We can do a lot together,” Putin stated.