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    Russian Engagement in Africa

    Post  George1 on Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:03 am

    The Horn of Africa  is a peninsula in East Africa that juts hundreds of kilometers into the Arabian Sea and lies along the southern side of the Gulf of Aden. It is the easternmost projection of the African continent. Referred to in ancient and medieval times as Bilad al Barbar ("Land of the Berbers"),the Horn of Africa denotes the region containing the countries of Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Somalia.

    The early 20th century in Ethiopia was marked by the reign of Emperor Haile Selassie I, who came to power after Iyasu V was deposed. Haile Selassie's reign came to an end in 1974, when a Soviet-backed Marxist-Leninist military junta, the Derg led by Mengistu Haile Mariam, deposed him, and established a one-party communist state, which was called the People's Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. In July 1977, the Ogaden War broke out after the government of President of Somalia Siad Barre sought to incorporate the predominantly Somali-inhabited Ogaden region into a Pan-Somali Greater Somalia. By September 1977, the Somali army controlled 90% of the Ogaden, but was later forced to withdraw after Ethiopia's Derg received assistance from the USSR, Cuba, South Yemen, East Germany and North Korea, including around 15,000 Cuban combat troops. In 1989, the Tigrayan Peoples' Liberation Front (TPLF) merged with other ethnically based opposition movements to form the Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), and eventually managed to overthrow Mengistu's dictatorial regime in 1991. A transitional government, composed of an 87-member Council of Representatives and guided by a national charter that functioned as a transitional constitution, was then set up.


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    Re: Russian Engagement in Africa

    Post  flamming_python on Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:30 pm

    Who cares?

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    Well OK so maybe that's a bit harsh. But all of these countries are dirt poor and it wouldn't be a problem to gain influence with any one of them, for the right amount of cash and aid.

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    Re: Russian Engagement in Africa

    Post  GarryB on Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:35 am

    Sorry George, but FP is right.

    Ethiopia might have had a civilisation when white europeans were primitive hunter gatherers, but these countries are fairly poor and would likely switch allegiances at the rustle of a cheque book.

    If enormous deposits of oil or gold or diamonds was found in any of those countries the world might take notice, but it is not a huge focus right now... which results in neglect but also safety for the countries involved.


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    Re: Russian Engagement in Africa

    Post  George1 on Tue Jul 10, 2012 7:10 pm

    GarryB wrote:Sorry George, but FP is right.

    Ethiopia might have had a civilisation when white europeans were primitive hunter gatherers, but these countries are fairly poor and would likely switch allegiances at the rustle of a cheque book.

    If enormous deposits of oil or gold or diamonds was found in any of those countries the world might take notice, but it is not a huge focus right now... which results in neglect but also safety for the countries involved.

    What about their strategic location in red sea route to indian ocean?

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    Re: Russian Engagement in Africa

    Post  flamming_python on Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:18 am

    George1 wrote:
    GarryB wrote:Sorry George, but FP is right.

    Ethiopia might have had a civilisation when white europeans were primitive hunter gatherers, but these countries are fairly poor and would likely switch allegiances at the rustle of a cheque book.

    If enormous deposits of oil or gold or diamonds was found in any of those countries the world might take notice, but it is not a huge focus right now... which results in neglect but also safety for the countries involved.

    What about their strategic location in red sea route to indian ocean?
    Perhaps the more immediate concern is to co-operate with them in terms of combating piracy and the spread of Islamism in the region. No need for a base or anything. Maybe the Europeans could use one.

    Russia in any case, is betting on the Northern Sea Route as an alternative to conventional shipping via the Suez. The route is considerably shorter, and as a result of the pirates and increased icebreaker patrols - now a lot safer too. Indeed its tonnage throughput has been growing quite dynamically over the last 3-4 years. Russia has its own interests for now meanwhile via the Suez route, but I suspect that it won't be long before Russia will hedge its bets on its own route; rather than diverting resources to secure someone else's.

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    Re: Russian Engagement in Africa

    Post  GarryB on Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:57 am

    Yes, I agree... it is a strategic route, but much more so for the west than for Russia...

    Not suggesting that Russian should ignore these countries... most are traditional customers of Russian weapons, and Russia will likely want to continue this trade, and indeed improve relations with donations of military equipment that is obsolete for the Russian Armed forces but still useful for these countries in this region.


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    Re: Russian Engagement in Africa

    Post  George1 on Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:00 pm

    Ethiopian premier's death will not negatively effect ties with

    The Russian president's envoy for cooperation with African countries, Mikhail Margelov, has described Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's death as a great loss.

    "Mr. Zenawi had a friendly attitude toward Russia and did a great deal for the development of our political, trade and economic relations, both with his country and the African continent as a whole. And I think that his death is a great loss both for Ethiopia and Russian-Ethiopian relations in general," Margelov said, adding that he had met with Zenawi more than once during his working trips to Ethiopia.

    It was Zenawi's initiative to hold the first Russia-Africa business forum in Addis Ababa in December 2011, the Russian envoy said.

    "Meles Zenawi dreamt of turning this forum into Africa's "Davos" and saw Russian-Ethiopian relations as an important factor of stability on the continent. Mr. Zenawi's death is untimely, and I am confident that his productive ideas will live on and will become a reality," Margelov said.

    Margelov also sent condolences to Zenawi's family and the people of Ethiopia.

    Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi died aged 57 after months of illness, government spokesman Bereket Simon said on Tuesday. He died in a hospital in Brussels, the spokesman said.

    Ethiopia's development path will not be changed following Zenawi's death, the government said in a statement.

    http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_08_21/Ethiopian-premiers-death-will-not-negatively-effect-ties-with-Russia/

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    Russia in Africa:

    Post  George1 on Thu Apr 10, 2014 11:44 pm

    Russia In Africa: An Alternative To China's Investment Monopoly?

    The Soviet Union once held vast political and economic influence in Africa. Today, Russians see major opportunities there, but some fear that China may have already won the race to conquer the continent's vast natural resources and economic potential.

    ADDIS ABABA -- The Soviet Union was once a major economic and political power in Africa. But when the empire fell, so did Moscow’s political and economic influence on the continent. Today, the region is growing, but is increasingly dominated by Chinese companies, businessmen and, some worry, Chinese interests.

    Africans are looking to Russia for an alternative, in an attempt to divide their eggs into at least two baskets. A Russia-Africa business forum, which opened last week, in Addis Ababa, was a first step toward a major new initiative of Russian investment across the continent.

    “In the 1990s, Russia gave up practically all of its interests, freeing up the territory for the United States, the European Union and China,” said Mikhail Margelov, a Russian presidential representative. “In 1992, Russia closed nine embassies in Sub-Saharan Africa. The new economy led to strategic losses, and now we need to make up for them.”

    The idea to gather Russian and African businessmen in Africa’s diplomatic capital (Addis Ababa is home to both the United Nation’s economic commission and the African Union headquarters) came from Ethiopian Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, who suggested the idea to Margelov at the statehood ceremony for South Sudan last June.

    In total, Addis Ababa managed to gather 250 African businessmen, as well as governmental representatives from Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Niger and Mali. From Russia, among those present were representatives from Gasprombank, Lukoil and the Russian Railroad Company.

    At the beginning of the forum, Margelov announced that Russia plans to return to Africa in full force. Specifically, Margelov discussed the need to strengthen Russia’s involvement in the construction of infrastructure, both for gas and oil exploration, as well as in projects such as train and road development. He stressed that Russia could outdo competitors in terms of quality-to-price ratios. He particularly brought attention to the Russian Railroad Companies’ role in the construction of a Trans-Kalahari railroad (which is meant to connect the minefields of Botswana with the ports in Namibia), and the Central African Railroad (which would connect Congo, Chad, Niger, and the Central African Republic, providing a way to bring raw materials to ports).

    Margelov also said that Russia’s new involvement in Africa should include a role in the exploitation of the region’s rich raw material reserves: not only in gas and oil, but in minerals lacking in Russia, such as vanadium, chromium, cobalt and uranium. Margelov stressed that Russians would acquire African minerals for fair, reasonable prices.

    In spite of the wide interest in African projects, when we spoke with various members of the Russian delegation, they admitted it was premature to speak of a vast Russian expansion into Africa. The first barrier, the businessmen said, are the high political risks.

    A "useless" fight

    The freshest, and most painful, memory for the Russian Railroad Company, for example, is the railroad that they were supposed to build between Benghazi and Sirte in Libya - a $2.2 billion project that appears now to be lost due to the civil war. A source close to the railroad company said that now that there is in-fighting between the groups that toppled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, it is not even clear with whom to negotiate.

    It is possible to manage some of the political risks with insurance, but even if a company is protected by insurance, it frequently takes several months for claims to be processed and evaluated. There is also the problem with finding appropriate credit.

    “In natural resource mining, it is possible to recoup costs relatively quickly, but for equipment exports we need a longer credit line, which often presents a problem,” said one representative at the forum.

    But the most important problem that the Russians discussed was the competition with China. “It is useless to fight with the Chinese,” said a Russian diplomat working in Africa. “They give Africa colossal amounts of credit on very good terms, and at the end of an important contract, they always give a gift - free construction of schools and hospitals,” he continued.

    The truth in his words was evident right there in Addis Ababa : China is building a new headquarters for the African Union as a gift, and the Sheraton Hotel, where the forum was held, was built by Chinese businessmen. China did $126.9 billion worth of business in Africa last year, while Russia did only $3.7 billion.

    On the other hand, Africa’s dependance on China could also wind up being Russia’s advantage. Many of the continent’s countries are already talking about Chinese “colonialism,” and are looking for partners from other countries to decrease their dependence on Beijing.

    That may be why the countries that sent representatives to the forum are also those countries where China is the only source of financing for major projects. For example, Niger’s mining minister tried to get Russians interested in the country’s gas mines, where up to now the Chinese have invested heavily. Many African participants in the forum said, over and over again, that they are looking forward to Russian investment, because Russia does not have a colonial history, and they are not “like the Chinese.” But they declined to share their name or the company they work for: As much as the Chinese might be unloved, they are still the most important clients and the main source of credit for these African businesses.

    Read the full article: Russia In Africa: An Alternative To China's Investment Monopoly?

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    Re: Russian Engagement in Africa

    Post  George1 on Wed May 28, 2014 3:07 pm

    Russian companies show interest in S Sudan - FM Lavrov

    Stabilization in South Sudan is indispensable for expanding trade and economic relations between the two countries, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

    "We hope to discuss the state of and prospects for relations," Lavrov said at talks with South Sudanese counterpart Barnaba Benjamin on Monday.

    Putin, Lavrov invited to visit S Sudan

    "We’re satisfied with the level of political dialogue and cooperation within the UN where both countries have common positions," he said. "On the basis of close partnership, we seek to intensify trade, economic and investment relations," Lavrov said.

    Russian companies show interest in South Sudan and some of them have started implementing projects there, he said.

    Lavrov called for continuing efforts to reach stabilization in South Sudan. "Russia is confident that African problems should be solved by Africans themselves," Lavrov said. "The African Union showed its readiness to contribute to resolving these issues. This deserves support," he said.

    "Russia, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, will continue its contribution to settling problems on the African continent," Lavrov noted.

    Barnaba Benjamin expressed hope that the visit would promote the political dialogue and help attract investments, TASS reports.

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    Re: Russian Engagement in Africa

    Post  George1 on Sun Jun 08, 2014 1:53 am

    Malawi's new president turns to China, Russia

    Blantyre - Malawi, traditionally dependent on Western aid donors, will look for "new friends" in countries such as China and Russia, newly-elected President Peter Mutharika said at his inauguration on Monday.

    The ceremony at a stadium in the commercial capital Blantyre was boycotted by outgoing president Joyce Banda, who was soundly beaten by Mutharika in disputed elections held on 20 May.

    Mutharika, who takes power in one of the world's poorest countries where 40% of the budget comes from aid, said the donor nations were "welcome to stay here".

    Foreign policy would be based on what is best for Malawi, he said.

    "We will continue with traditional relationships, but we are now looking for new friends in emerging economies such as Brazil, China, India, South Africa and Russia."

    Britain and the United States have pledged to work with his government.

    "The UK government looks forward to working with President Mutharika and his government on our shared goals of strengthening Malawi's democracy, food security, prosperity and its positive role within the region," Foreign Office Minister for Africa Mark Simmonds said in a weekend statement.

    The US State department also "looks forward to continuing our close partnership with the government of Malawi in the advance of our mutual interests of supporting Malawi's development."

    Mutharika said he regretted Banda's absence, saying she had "declined to come here and hand over power to me.

    "I was looking forward to shaking her hand and burying the past. I have an olive branch in my hands."

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    Post  George1 on Sun Aug 03, 2014 2:18 pm

    Russian Health Ministry Experts Arrive in Africa to Fight Against Ebola Outbreak

    MOSCOW, August 3 (RIA Novosti) – Specialists from Russia’s Health Ministry have arrived in Africa to join the fight against the Ebola outbreak in the region, a spokesman for the ministry said Sunday.

    “Russian specialists have been tasked with providing the research and methodology aid to their local counterparts as well as with conducting an epidemiological analysis of the situation and developing recommendations to ensure infectious security,” Oleg Salagai said.

    More than 1,300 people have been infected and 729 killed in the worst Ebola outbreak in history, which has occurred in West Africa for the first time. The infection started in southern Guinea in February and spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

    According to Jason Cone, spokesman for Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), the West African Ebola outbreak is "out of control" and the affected countries are struggling to contain the disease.

    Ebola first appeared in 1976 in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Symptoms begin with a fever, muscle pain and a sore throat, and then escalate to vomiting, diarrhea and internal and external bleeding. The incubation period can be up to 21 days. No vaccine currently exists.

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    Re: Russian Engagement in Africa

    Post  George1 on Tue Aug 12, 2014 3:04 pm

    Russia’s major weapon supplier signs contracts with African countries

    MOSCOW, August 12./ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s main weapons exporter, state agency Rosboronexport, has signed about $1.7 billion contracts with Central and South African countries since the beginning of 2013, Director General Anatoly Isaykin said on Tuesday.

    “Sub-Saharan countries make up a marginal share of our annual export, about 2% But orders are steadily increasing, and this is a long-term trend,” he told ITAR-TASS.

    A foundation had been laid for cooperation with Nigeria, Cameroon, Mozambique, Tanzania and Equatorial Guinea. Weapons and armour supplies could also go to Botswana, Niger, Kenya, Rwanda, Djibouti and Ethiopia, he added.

    The region provided stable demand for aircraft and helicopters, automotive and armoured vehicles, aircraft weapons and components, Isaykin said. The company was considering service centres and organization of licenced production, he added.

    Rosoboronexport held consultations about military cooperation in other regions, with countries that did not even cooperate with the Soviet Union, such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar in the Middle East, Brunei in Asia Pacific, Chile and Bolivia in Latin America, which was not the full list, said Isaykin.

    Cooperation with many countries sharply contracted or was wound up after the Soviet Union break-up.

    “We’ll shake the dust off these contacts, step up dialogue and switch to modern forms of partnership,” said Isaykin.

    Part of Rostec corporation, Rosoboronexport is the only state agency in Russia specializing in export of all military and dual purpose products, services and technologies. The company accounts for more than 80% of Russia’s total military export.

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    Post  George1 on Sun Nov 16, 2014 4:56 pm

    Russian An-124 Aircraft With Mobile Clinic Aboard Arrive in Guinea

    According to Russian Defense Ministry's spokesman, the An-124 military transport aircraft have delivered more than 150 tons of medical equipment for the establishment of a field hospital in Guinea.

    MOSCOW, November 16 (Sputnik) — Russian An-124 Ruslan aircraft with a field hospital and a stock of medicines on board have landed in the Conakry airport, Republic of Guinea, a spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Defense said Sunday.

    “The An-124 military transport aircraft of the Russian Air Force with the field hospital and medicine aboard for the Republic of Guinea have landed in the Conakry airport (Republic of Guinea). The crew of the military transport aviation aircraft carried out a 10-hour-long flight from Sochi [Russia] to Conakry, covering the distance of about 6,500 kilometers (more than 4,000 miles),” Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

    Konashenkov added that at the moment the planes are being unloaded at the Conakry airport, and more than 150 tons of medical equipment for the establishment of a field hospital will be given away to Guinea. Special vehicles designed for the safe transportation of those infected with the deadly virus from the Ebola-stricken regions are also being donated.

    On Saturday, Dmitry Peskov, the Russian President's spokesman, announced that Russia has decided to donate a mobile clinic to Guinea to help fight the spread of Ebola in the West African country. According to Peskov, Russian President Vladimir Putin had instructed Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu to arrange the prompt transport of the equipment.

    According to the latest report by the World Health Organization (WHO) published on November 14, a total of 14,413 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of Ebola virus disease have been reported so far in six Ebola-affected countries – Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Mali, Spain and the United States of America – and two previously affected countries – Nigeria and Spain. The disease has already claimed 5,177 lives.

    Although there is no officially approved medication for Ebola, several countries, including Russia, are currently working on trial vaccines.

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    Post  George1 on Wed Dec 03, 2014 1:29 pm

    Russia, Sudan to step up military cooperation

    KHARTOUM, December 3. /TASS/. Russia and Sudan have concrete plans to step up military technical cooperation that will not upset the balance of power in the region and will be in full compliance with the countries’ international obligations, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday after meeting with his Sudanese counterpart Ahmed Karti.

    The Russian minister said he hoped results of the next meeting of the Russian-Sudanese intergovernmental commission that will be held in Moscow next week would be as effective as in the past year.

    After the previous meeting last year, the trade turnover between the two countries increased fourfold. “We hope results of the next meeting will be as effective as these,” Lavrov said.

    The Sudanese minister said they had discussed a wide range of issues of bilateral relations, including cooperation in the oil and banking sectors. “We are glad to welcome Russian companies in Sudan,” he said.

    He also said he expected the dialogue to continue during the next intergovernmental commission meeting in Moscow next week.

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    Russian interests in Africa

    Post  par far on Fri Jan 09, 2015 6:53 pm

    I was reading about how France and other NATO countries are taking advantage of African countries. I came upon this article that that says Russia wrote off large amount of debt for African countries. Why is Did/Is Russia doing this?

    http://english.pravda.ru/russia/economics/19-10-2012/122511-russia_africa-0/



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    Re: Russian Engagement in Africa

    Post  sepheronx on Fri Jan 09, 2015 8:25 pm

    par far wrote:I was reading about how France and other NATO countries are taking advantage of African countries. I came upon this article that that says Russia wrote off large amount of debt for African countries. Why is Did/Is Russia doing this?

    http://english.pravda.ru/russia/economics/19-10-2012/122511-russia_africa-0/



    Because a lot of the debt will never be paid back as they were pretty substantial from soviet era. Doing so frees up money for these countries to buy actual goods from Russia. Russia is also getting into African market for sale of equipment and military grade, and doing this is good gesture and incentive to buy Russian goods. Nigeria is now turning back to Russia. Soon, Russia will have manufacturing if its agricultural and construction equipment in Egypt (Suez Canal) and thus gain more access to African market.

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    Re: Russian Engagement in Africa

    Post  GarryB on Fri Jan 09, 2015 11:31 pm

    As Seph said, they are writing off debt that probably wouldn't be paid off anyway and offering loans to buy new stuff and structuring the payments so they can be paid over time making it cheaper to buy new stuff.

    Creates good will, clears the books for new orders and new contracts and means better relations and sales now.

    Russia recently did the same for Cuba... off the top of my head the debt was something like 35 billion, of which Russia wrote off 90% and gave them a time scale for payments for the remaining 3.5 billion.

    It means they can afford to continue to do business.


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    Re: Russian Engagement in Africa

    Post  George1 on Sun Feb 01, 2015 2:10 pm

    Russia discusses cooperation with African Union

    The high-ranking Russian diplomat participated in the 24th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of States and Governments of the African Union

    MOSCOW, January 31. /TASS/. Russia’s plenipotentiary presidential representative on the Middle East and African countries, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail bogdanov discussed in Addis Ababa development of cooperation between Russia and the African Union, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.

    The high-ranking Russian diplomat participated in the 24th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of States and Governments of the African Union and presented an address from Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to leaders of states and governments of the African Union, participating in the summit.

    "On the sidelines of the forum, Mikhail Bogdanov had meetings and talks with President of the Republic of the Congo Denis Sassou Nguesso, President of Mauritania, Mohamed Abdel Aziz, President of Madagascar Hery Rajaonarimampianina, President of Equatorial Guinea Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of Gabon Ali Bongo, Vice President of Angola Manuel Vicente, Foreign Minister of Mozambique Oldemiro Baloi, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hossein Amir Abdollahian, Deputy Secretary General of the Arab League Ahmed Ben Helli."

    "The parties discussed current bilateral and regional agendas, further improvement of diverse cooperation between Russia and Africa, including cooperation with sub-regional organisations of that continent," the foreign ministry said.

    The Russian diplomat was received by Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and had consultations with Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom. The sides discussed detailed issues of developing cooperation between the countries, further political dialogue and coordination of approaches at various international platforms, including at the United Nations Organisation.

    "They paid special attention to the problems of settling the domestic conflict in the Republic of South Sudan," the Russian ministry said. "In that context, the Russian official had discussions with leaders of South Sudan’s opposing sides - President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar, as well as participated in a multilateral meeting featuring special representatives of the U.S., EU, the UK and Norway on South Sudan. The Russian side stressed there is no alternative to a negotiation solution, which would guarantee establishment of peace in the country and stabilising situation in the sub-region."

    "Mikhail Bogdanov discussed with chair of the African Union’s Commission Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma and head of the African Union's Peace and Security Council Smail Chergui details of further improvement of cooperation between Russia and the African Union, including coordination of efforts for settlement of crisis situations in Africa," the Russian foreign ministry said.

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    Post  George1 on Mon Mar 30, 2015 2:46 pm

    Russian-Sudanese Ties Need Renewed, Powerful Impetus – Foreign Minister

    Sudanese foreign minister said that Russian-Sudanese relations need a more powerful impetus, in particular in the sphere of trade and investment.

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH (Sputnik) – Russian-Sudanese relations need a more powerful impetus, in particular in the sphere of trade and investment, the Sudanese foreign minister said Monday.

    The remark was made following the Arab League summit that concluded in Egyptian Sharm El-Sheikh resort city on Sunday.

    "Moscow and Khartoum have traditionally good bilateral relations and provide each other mutual support. However, these relations need to gain powerful momentum to reach a strategic level, so that peoples of both countries take advantage in the spheres of investments and trade," Ali Karti told RIA Novosti.

    Following a meeting of the Russian-Sudanese Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation in December 2014, Moscow and Khartoum agreed to promote cooperation in a wide range of areas, including health care, mineral prospecting, industry and finance.

    Russia also pledged to eliminate $17 million of Sudan's debt to Russia, the Sudanese mineral resources minister told RIA Novosti after a December 12, 2014 commission meeting.

    Russia's move is helpful to Sudan as their external debt is about $46 billion, according to World Bank estimates.

    Sudan’s economy has diminished due to a protracted civil war and loss of oil revenue in 2011, following South Sudan's secession.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/politics/20150330/1020205238.html#ixzz3Vs9LV56O

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    Re: Russian Engagement in Africa

    Post  George1 on Fri Apr 17, 2015 3:02 pm

    Russian, Zambian foreign ministers to discuss political, economic cooperation

    MOSCOW, April 17. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Zambian counterpart Harry Kalaba will hold talks on Friday to discuss issues of bilateral cooperation in the political, economic and trade fields, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported.

    "The foreign ministers will analyze the status and prospects of further strengthening the traditionally friendly Russian-Zambian relations," the ministry said. "It is planned to conduct an in-depth exchange of views on current international and regional agenda issues, focusing on crisis management in Africa and the Middle East."

    The ministers "will discuss issues of strengthening peace and security in Africa in the context of the developments in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan peace process, the Sahara and Sahel zone and the Horn of Africa, consider the situation in Yemen, Libya and Syria." Lavrov and Kalaba "will also touch upon the issue of Russia’s cooperation with the Pan-African and regional interstate associations, primarily the African Union, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)." "Particular attention will be paid to the problems of combating international terrorism, combating cross-border crime and drug trafficking," said the Russian Foreign Ministry.

    Zambia is Russia’s old and reliable partner in Africa. In October 2014, the two countries marked the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, which were established immediately after this African state proclaimed independence. "The two sides develop contacts in the political and humanitarian spheres, hold regular consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs," the ministry said. "The bilateral agenda discussion will focus on building partnerships in the trade, economic, investment, scientific and technology spheres, prospects for attracting Russian companies to implementing mutually beneficial projects in Zambia in the fields of energy, mining, transport, infrastructure construction and tourism." "The process of updating the legal framework of Russian-Zambian relations is underway," the Foreign Ministry added.

    Among the sub-Saharan African countries, Zambia "is one of the most active users of Russian educational services under the quota of scholarships provided by the Government of Russia for foreign citizens to study in Russian universities." "In 2014-2015 academic year, the number of state scholarships for Zambia was increased to 110," the Foreign Ministry reported. The Russian Centre of Science and Culture, which has a regional status operates in the capital and largest city of Zambia Lusaka.

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    South Africa remains Russia's leading partner in Africa — Putin


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    Post  George1 on Mon Jul 27, 2015 5:23 pm

    Russia may sign an agreement on military cooperation with Tanzania

    MOSCOW, July 27 - RIA Novosti. The Russian government has instructed the Defense Ministry to hold talks with Tanzanian Ministry of Defense announced an agreement on military cooperation, according to published on the official web portal of legal information available to the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev.

    Order signed on 23 of July.

    "In accordance with paragraph 3 of Article 11 of the federal law" On international treaties of the Russian Federation, "the Russian Defense Ministry to accept the proposal agreed with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, to negotiate an agreement between the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Defence and National Service of the United Republic of Tanzania on military cooperation "- said in the document.

    Earlier, in May this year, the Russian Federation signed an agreement on military-technical cooperation (MTC) with Cameroon.


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    Moscow committed to establishing good-neighborly relations between Sudan and South Sudan


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    Post  George1 on Thu Sep 10, 2015 1:48 pm

    'For Peace in Africa': Sudan, S.Sudan FMs Reach Agreement in Moscow

    The foreign ministers of the two countries achieved understanding very quickly.


    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The foreign ministers of Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan plan to conclude an agreement after talks in Moscow, Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said Thursday.

    "We have achieved an understanding between the two countries within a short period. We are thankful for your support, it is important for peace on the whole continent," Ghandour said during a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

    On Wednesday, Ghandour arrived in Moscow for three days of trilateral talks with Lavrov and his South Sudanese counterpart Benjamin Barnaba, following an invitation by the Russian side.

    During the talks, the two African countries were said to be working toward a solution to outstanding issues in their bilateral relations, which deteriorated when South Sudan became independent from Sudan in July 2011.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/africa/20150910/1026818903.html#ixzz3lKrVfCiI


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