Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has approved Russian troops, planes and ships to deploy to Nicaragua for functions of coaching, regulation enforcement or emergency response. In a decree revealed this week, and confirmed by Russia on Thursday, Ortega will permit Russian troops to hold out regulation enforcement duties, humanitarian support, rescue and search missions in emergencies or pure disasters. The Nicaraguan authorities additionally authorised the presence of small contingents of Russian troops for ‘trade of experiences and coaching.’
Russia’s international ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, informed the Russian information outlet Sputnik that the measure was routine.
“We are speaking a few routine twice a yr process for the adoption of a Nicaraguan regulation on thestemporary admission of international army personnel to its territory with a view to develop cooperation in varied areas, together with humanitarian and emergency responses, combatting organized crime and drug trafficking,” Zakharova stated.
She famous the regulation additionally authorizes troops from the United States, Mexico and different Central American international locations for such functions.
Ortega has been a staunch ally of Russia since his days within the management of the 1979 revolution that ousted dictator Anastasio Somoza. Ortega served as president from 1985 to 1990, earlier than being re-elected to energy in 2007.
Ortega’s authorities arrested dozens of political opposition leaders, together with most of the potential presidential candidates, within the months earlier than his re-election to a fourth consecutive time period final yr. His authorities has shut down dozens of nongovernmental teams that he accuses of engaged on behalf of international pursuits to destabilise his authorities. Tens of hundreds of Nicaraguans have been chased into exile.