Maputo — Mozambique and Russia have expressed a desire to revive the “historic links” between the two countries.
According to a press release from the Mozambican Defence Ministry, the desire was expressed during the visit that Defence Minister Atanasio M'tumuke made to Russia last week.
During the visit, M'tumuke and his Russian counterpart, Gen, Sergey Shoygu, signed an agreement on naval cooperation. M'tumuke also attended the Seventh Moscow Conference on International Security.
The Mozambican Minister also met with the Deputy Defence Minister of the Russian Federation, Alexandre Fomim, to discuss strategies for training Mozambican military officers in Russia.
During the meetings, the Mozambican delegation reaffirmed the “excellent links of friendship, solidarity and cooperation” between the two countries, and thanked the Russian people and leaders for the solidarity shown during Mozambique's struggle for independence, and the consequent consolidation of the country's sovereignty.
In fact, those historic relations were not with the Russian Federation, but with a body that no longer exists, the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union was an important supplier of military assistance to the Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo) during the war for independence, and later to the Mozambican state in the war of destabilisation waged by the Rhodesian and apartheid white minority regimes.