Russia and Fiji have signed a military-technical and a visa-free travel agreements on Friday, as well as accords to combat money laundering and terrorism financing, and to cooperate in the health and educational sectors.
The agreements were signed after talks between Fiji’s Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama's and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev.
Bainimarama, who is also a military officer, is leading the first government's delegation to Moscow, designed to boost trade and investment opportunities.
"Since Fiji is an insular state in the ocean, naval hardware is obvious its first necessity. The Fijian Navy's gunboats are not Russian-made. We will offer the Fijian Navy a wide choice of gunboats - small, medium and large - and we are prepared to offer equipment and combat gear to the land troops and peacekeepers," Alexander Fomin, director of the Federal Military-Technical Cooperation Service, was quoted by Interfax as saying.
Fomin and the Fijian ambassador to Russia signed an intergovernmental agreement on military-technical cooperation earlier on Friday, in parallel with the Federal Financial Monitoring Service (Rosfinmonitoring) and its partner agency in the Fijian financial intelligence service, Russian and Fijian health ministries, the Far East Federal University and the National University of Fiji.
Fiji and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations in 1974.