October 25, 2001

Nicaragua, Russia sign military agreement

                 MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) -- Nicaragua and Russia signed a five-year
                 agreement Wednesday aimed at modernizing Nicaragua's military.

                 Under the agreement, Nicaragua will receive Russian supplies and technical advice.
                 The majority of Nicaragua's military equipment was made in Russia and inherited
                 during the pro-Cuban and pro-Soviet Sandinista government of the 1980s.

                 Wednesday's agreement was signed by Nicaraguan Defense Minister Jose Adan
                 Guerra, Nicaraguan army chief Gen. Javier Carrion, and Russian Ambassador
                 Anatoly Petrovich Kuznetsov.

                 Guerra said the accord was signed because of the "necessity to modernize the
                 technical and logistical capacity" of Nicaragua's military.

                  Copyright 2001 The Associated Press.