Russian Security Cooperation Agreements 2014 – 2020

The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) has published a review of Russian security cooperation agreements signed 2014-2019. According to this publication, 90 deals have been signed with 73 countries and international organisations.

The agreements signed range from basic memorandums of understanding (MoU) to comprehensive strategic partnerships. These agreements mostly focus on areas of joint training and educational exchanges, or expanding arms sales and equipment maintenance, cooperation in counterterrorism, counter-narcotics, and anti-piracy operations, joint intellectual property (IP) protection, port visitation rights, military deconfliction agreements, and cooperation between internal security services and civilian national security agencies. Several "high-level strategic partnerships" were also signed with countries in the post Soviet space.

The list of the agreements sited in this review shows that Russia's cooperation was focused in Asia (32 countries) , Africa (28 countries), South America (Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela), North America(Cuba, El Salvador, Nicaragua), Europe (Belarus, Moldova, Serbia).

Authors: Nataliya Bugayova, Mason Clark, and George Barros with Aleksei Zimnitca, Aidan Therrien, and Kayla Grose.

This article was originally published by the Institute for the Study of War (ISW). The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of NDOS.

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