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Sudan President sets US and Russia on a collision course with new request to Putin

Bashir who is on his his visit to Russia met with President Putin at the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

Bashir who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for genocide and war crimes, on Thursday asked Russia's Vladimir Putin to protect his country from the US.

“We are thankful to Russia for its position on the international arena, including Russia's position in the protection of Sudan. We are in need of protection from the aggressive acts of the United States." He said.

The Sudanese head of state was speaking during his first visit to Russia where he  met with President Putin at the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

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Adding that he wanted to ramp up military ties and praised Moscow's military campaign in Syria.

"We have been dreaming about this visit for a long time," the Sudanese president told President Putin.

President Putin said his country was keen to intensify economic ties including in agriculture and energy.

"There are prospects not only in the hydrocarbon sphere but also in energy,"  he said.

"There are many prospects of cooperation."

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During the meeting Bashir announced that Sudan had reached an agreement with the Russian Defense Ministry on assistance in upgrading its armed forces during an earlier meeting with Russian Defence minister Sergei Shoigu.

"We are currently launching a programme to modernise our armed forces and we agreed with the Defence minister that Russia will contribute to this," President Bashir said.

The visit came a month after the US lifted a trade embargo it imposed on the impoverished African state in 1997 over Khartoum's alleged backing of Islamist militant groups.

US President Donald Trump also removed Sudan from a list of countries facing a US travel ban.

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