The Russian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Nikolay Udovincheko, has said that the Russian Trade Mission to Nigeria will be reopened to promote trade and economic ties between the two countries
Udovincheko stated this during a courtesy visit by the Managing Director of News Agency of Nigeria, Mr Ima Niboro, to the Russian Embassy on Wednesday in Abuja.
The ambassador said the embassy was also working towards opening a cultural centre in Nigeria to promote cultural diplomacy between both countries.
He lauded the decision by NAN management to reopen its bureau in Moscow, and pledged to give “all the necessary and appropriate support” to help in achieving the Agency’s objective.
Udovincheko said Russia considered Nigeria to be a strategic partner in Africa because of its numerous opportunities in human and natural resources.
“Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa and it needs objective and balanced information that promotes cooperation and harmony between different groups in the country and the international community,” he said.
The ambassador noted the occurrence of “distorted facts” in the reportage of some issues in Nigeria by some international media.