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Russia expresses readiness to continue cooperation with Ethiopia in various areas

Addis Ababa, April 20, 2022 (FBC) – Russian Embassy in Addis Ababa issued a statement on Tuesday refuting the information circulating as the country is recruiting Ethiopians for military purposes.

The Embassy said has been receiving emails and in-person visits from citizens of Ethiopia who are expressing their solidarity and support for the Russian Federation since the Ukraine war started.

“We regard it as a manifestation of the unbreakable bonds of brotherly friendship and mutual support between the two peoples.” The statement said.

“We thank all Ethiopian friends for the kind words they addressed to our country. We are sincerely grateful to the Government of Ethiopia for the support extended to the Russian Federation at the United Nations during voting on Ukraine-related resolutions and look forward to continuing our cooperation with regard to this and other issues,” the Embassy stated.

“At the same time, it should be emphasized that the Embassy strictly complies with the provisions of its own national legislation and the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations according to which recruitment of foreign nationals in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation is not within the scope of the diplomatic mission’s activities.” , the statement indicated.

“In this regard, while reiterating our gratitude to all concerned citizens of Ethiopia, we would like to inform that the Embassy does not accept any applications for recruitment in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. We are confident that the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation have sufficient capacity to accomplish all the responsible tasks assigned to them,” the Embassy said.

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