“It is gratifying that the military-technical partnership continues to develop vigorously,” Putin said.

He noted that "the initiators (cooperation. - RT ) are often the African countries themselves, who understand that their independence and sovereignty must be able to be protected, including from extremist and terrorist groups."

The President said that at present "military-technical cooperation agreements are in force with more than thirty African countries, to which we supply a wide range of weapons and equipment."

Earlier it was reported that Putin and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will speak at the plenary meeting of the Russia-Africa Economic Forum in Sochi, dedicated to unlocking the potential for cooperation. It will be held on October 23.

Nation News also reported that a gala concert will be held in Sochi as part of the cultural program of the Russia-Africa forum.