SOCHI (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 23rd October, 2019) Eritrea is showing interest in Russia's missile boats, helicopters and small arms, Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Deputy Director Anatoly Punchuk told Sputnik on Wednesday at the Russia-Africa forum.
"Eritrea is expressing actively its interest in resuming full-fledged defense cooperation with Russia. Given that it has reached a peace deal with the Ethiopian side [and after that international sanctions on Eritrea were lifted], it is interested in purchasing weapons: missile boats, helicopters and small arms," Punchuk said.
Russia and Eritrea are actively exchanging delegations and plan to formulate a proposal for Russian military equipment purchase, the official noted.
The two-day Russia-Africa summit and business forum, co-chaired by the presidents of Russia and Egypt, starts on Wednesday. The Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency is an official media partner of the event.
Russia and Eritrea signed an intergovernmental agreement outlining cooperation in peaceful nuclear energy use at the forum earlier today.
The inaugural Russia-Africa summit and business forum kicked off on 23 October in the Russian southern resort city of Sochi