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Africa-Russia Summit: Vladimir Putin to Invest in Nuclear Power in Rwanda

The Rwandan government has reached an agreement with Russia to promote the use of nuclear energy for “peaceful” purposes, which should strengthen relations between the two countries.

The nuclear energy agreement, signed for the first time in Moscow last December, will give birth to the creation of a Center for Nuclear Science and Technology in Kigali.

The agreement was strengthened in May when a nuclear parastatal of the Russian government, Rosatom Global, signed an agreement to open a nuclear power plant by 2024. According to the government, this project will contribute to the advancement of technology in areas of agriculture, energy production and environmental protection.

Russia has signed similar cooperation agreements with Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, even as the question of the adequacy of technology arises.

In June, Rwanda began negotiations for the purchase of Russian missile defense systems and signed agreements for the establishment of a simulation and military training center in Kigali.

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Trade and political relations between Rwanda and Russia have been steadily growing over the years as the Eurasian country seeks to compete with the United States, China and Western Europe for trade and political influence. Africa.

The Rwandan Minister of Trade and Industry, Soraya Hakuziyaremye, met with senior Russian politicians in Moscow earlier this year, including Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, as well as investors for discuss new business partnerships.

The EastAfrican reports that Russian officials said they had negotiated agreements with various institutions, including the Rwanda Development Council, the Kigali Military Hospital and the Ministry of Agriculture.

Putin’s government is also providing $ 3.5 million a year in Rwanda, mainly for energy development.

The military forces of both countries are cooperating on training and information exchange through a commission set up in 2017.

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