Nigeria–Russia relations

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Nigeria–Russia relations
Map indicating locations of Nigeria and Russia



Nigeria–Russia relations (Russian: Российско-нигерийские отношения) is the bilateral foreign relations between the two countries, Nigeria and Russia. Russia has an embassy in Lagos and a representative office in Abuja, and Nigeria has an embassy in Moscow.

The current Ambassador of Russia to Nigeria is Nikolay N. Udovichenko.


Dmitry Medvedev in Nigeria in 2009.

Diplomatic relations between Nigeria and the Soviet Union were established on 25 November 1960. During the Nigerian Civil War between 1967 and 1970, the USSR provided the Nigerian government with political and military assistance. Nigeria and the newly formed Russian Federation established diplomatic relations in 1991.[1] In March 2001, the President of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo visited Moscow. During that visit the leaders of Russia and Nigeria signed a Declaration on the principles of friendly relations and partnership, as well as a program of cooperation in bilateral and international formats between Russia and Nigeria. On June 24, 2009 Russian President Dmitry Medvedev made an official visit to Nigeria as part of a 3 nation tour of Africa. It was the first visit by any Russian leader to Nigeria.[2]


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