ZoA wrote:Sudan is too far, and not really relevant for Russia's defence. Also I very much doubt expenses of establishing, maintaining and defending such far of base could be justified with any potential economic gains. Sudan and region around it is extremely politicly unstable and involving Russia in it possibly might not be the wisest decision.
Sudan would be better of dealing with China that has much bigger economic presence and interests in Africa. Most likely it would be overstretch for Russia to make any commitment to Sudan at this time or in the near future.
You don't expand yourself by sitting in one place. Having facilities that can be dual purpose is exonomic feasible for Russia to be in Sudan. As well, once there, they can expand their presence as well as influence. Sudan is a good prospect for weapon sales and economic development especially energy.
A Darfurian at work just came back this week from his trip back home through capital and then to his village in Darfurian. He said it was very peaceful now since military stopped their incursion into Darfur and is now developing well, after South Sudan left. So Sudan is rather more stable than you think. Add to it, the only major problem they have is with Ethiopia and their plans for the dam. But now rumor from my coworker states that US is attempting to smuggle weapons to various potential insurgence in Darfur so things can heat up again.
This is were Russia can thrive.
Look at Syria, now Russian companies are getting lucrative deals in energy development, infrastructure, agriculture, etc. This wouldn't be case if Russia didn't assist and build those bases.