Russian Defense Minister Awarded by Nicaragua Amid Cooperation Boost

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Russian Defense Minister Shoigu was granted the award for his contributions to the creation of an emergencies situation monitoring and prevention system in Nicaragua that had helped save thousands of lives by providing timely warnings of approaching natural disasters.

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MANAGUA (Sputnik) – Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has awarded Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu with the Nicaraguan Cross of Valor for helping prevent loss of life during natural disasters.

Shoigu was granted the award for his contributions to the creation of an emergencies situation monitoring and prevention system in Nicaragua that had helped save thousands of lives by providing timely warnings of approaching natural disasters.

At that time, Shoigu served as Russian Minister of Emergency Situations.

Shoigu is currently on the second leg of his three-day Latin American tour. On Thursday, the defense minister told reporters in Managua that several bilateral agreements have been signed aimed at expanding military-technical cooperation between Russia and Nicaragua. The agreements include simplified procedures allowing visits of Russian warships to Nicaraguan ports.

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Shoigu will wrap up his Latin American tour with a visit to Cuba on Friday.

Russia is actively pursuing cooperation with Latin American countries, particularly in the sphere of defense, which includes sales of weaponry, construction of naval maintenance and resupply facilities, as well as the occasional use of local airbases for hosting Russian strategic bombers on global patrol missions.

Russia's increasing cooperation with Latin America comes amid NATO's military expansion in Eastern Europe, a tendency that has raised concerns in Moscow.

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