Colonel Nikolay Pavlov, the Armed Forces Attache at the Russian Embassy in Ghana, has said Ghana would receive some up-to-date helicopters from the Russian Government.
He said the consignment was part of a wide programme to equip the Ghana National Defence Force in enhancing its capability to protect its airspace, land and territorial waters.
Col. Pavlov said this at a ceremony to mark the 100th Anniversary of Russia’s Motherland Defenders’ Day, at the residence of the Ambassador, Mr Dimitry Suslov, in Accra.
He said Russia would also broaden the operational capabilities of the Ghana Army to expand their participation in peacekeeping missions of the United Nations worldwide.
Col Pavlov said the Russian Army had totally new sets of objectives because of the new national security priorities and foreign shifts of recent years.
These objectives, he said, were aimed at deterring the military and political threats to the security or interests of the Russian Federation; and at the supporting economic and political interests of the Russian Federation.
‘The Russian people are proud of their Army’s success in the war against terrorism, especially in Syria,’ he said.
‘After two years of actions, more than 55,000 terrorists were exterminated, with 67,000 square kilometres of territory cleared, which is more than 1000 localities liberated.
‘This was after 32,000 sorties and 92,000 aviation strikes were made.’
As a prominent member of the UN Security Council, he said, the Russian Federation was responsible for maintaining peace and security all over the world.’
The Day is marked as a public holiday in Russia every February 23, and celebrated to remember veterans and brave fallen soldiers who fought for victories in prominent wars like the World War I and II.
The celebration was graced by Ghana’s Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Mr Alban Sumani Babgin, Chief of Defence Staff, Lieutenant-General Obed Akwa, Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Peter Faidoo, Chief of Army Staff, Major-General William Ayamdo, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, traditional leaders and Defence Attaches of the diplomatic community.
By Amadu Kamil Sanah/Emmanuel Kwame Donkor, GNA