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News ID: 16106
Publish Date: 19:18 - 23 November 2017
TEHRAN, November 23 - Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for genocide and war crimes, on Thursday asked Russia's Vladimir Putin to protect his country from the United States.

In Russia, Sudan's Bashir asks Putin for 'protection' from USTEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - Speaking during his first visit to Russia as president, Bashir also said he wanted to ramp up military ties.

"We have been dreaming about this visit for a long time," the Sudanese president told Putin at the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

"We are thankful to Russia for its position on the international arena, including Russia's position in the protection of Sudan. We are in need of protection from the aggressive acts of the United States."

The Sudanese leader praised his earlier meeting with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

"We are currently launching a program to modernize our armed forces and we agreed with the defense minister that Russia will contribute to this," Bashir said.

Putin said that Russia was keen to intensify economic ties including in agriculture and energy.

"There are prospects not only in the hydrocarbon sphere but also in energy," Putin said. "There are many prospects of cooperation."

Source: Reuters

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