MOSCOW (Reuters) - Zimbabwe may need Russian help in modernizing its army in the future, Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa was quoted as saying by RIA news agency on Tuesday during a trip to Moscow.

Russia has signed at least 19 military cooperation deals with governments in sub-Saharan Africa since 2014, when it came under Western sanctions for annexing Crimea and stepped up efforts to diversify its economic and diplomatic partnerships.

(Reporting by Katya Golubkova; Writing by Tom Balmforth)