10 Jul 2013

Russia to help arm Fiji's UN peacekeepers

3:07 pm on 10 July 2013

Fiji's military will receive weaponry from Russia for its peacekeepers under links established last month by Commodore Frank Bainimarama.

During a visit to Moscow, Commodore Bainimarama and his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, concluded a number of protocols, including one on military and technical cooperation.

Fiji now has a substantial force in the Golan Heights and this is to be bolstered by more than 300 additional troops.

It also has another 500 in both the Sinai and Iraq, prompting the launch of a recruitment drive to beef up the territorial force.

The Land Force Commander, Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga, says Russia has offered to arm its soldiers for these peace keeping operations.

"The detail of which has not been reached yet, but they have given us that offer that they can help us in the deployment through arming our troops. In what form that has to be determined and had to be worked out - the specifics need to be worked out between the two governments."

The Fiji Land Force Commander, Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga