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    Re: Russian Engagement in Africa

    Post  George1 on Tue Nov 24, 2015 5:35 pm

    Angola and Russia discussed cooperation through law enforcement agencies
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    Post  George1 on Tue Dec 22, 2015 10:23 am

    Russia Outpaces World Powers in Building Ties With Africa

    Russia is strengthening its links with Africa now that the continent is seeing steady growth.

    While everyone’s attention has been focused on solving their own crises, Russia has been busy reclaiming its role as a global power, a columnist from the Ozy online magazine wrote.

    Stepping up cooperation with Africa is a substantial part of the Kremlin’s strategy, the author asserted, as Africa is becoming a stronger international partner.

    “The days of American global dominance are ending, and Russia is yet again making its way to the forefront of international affairs, starting with Africa,” the author said.

    The continent’s rapidly increasing global economic relevance is causing other countries to step up to the plate, but Russia has a legacy network of political and economic connections to African countries stretching back to the Cold War era.

    The close ties were recently consolidated by Russian investments across the region, growing at an eye-opening rate. Overall trade has increased tenfold over the past ten years. Within a decade exports jumped from just under $950 MN to approximately $4 BN, and imports from Africa rose from some $350 MN to about $1.6 BN.

    Over the next five years, the continent will host eight of the twelve fastest-growing national economies, and in the next 15 years its combined GDP is expected to reach that of Eastern Europe, the columnist noted, adding that Africa is resource-rich, including some of the largest untouched reserves for minerals, oil and gas in the world.

    Extracting mineral resources from countries like Angola, South Africa, Guinea and Nigeria — countries which are home to major Russian investment projects — is profitable, even with Russia “sitting on 35 percent of the world’s reserves in mineral deposits.” And Russia’s long-standing history with the continent adds to the strength of the partnership.

    “It was actually written in the constitution that the Soviet Union supports nations fighting for independence and for liberation,” said Alexandra Arkhangelskaya, a researcher at the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute for African Studies, cited by Ozy magazine.

    At the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the bloc had established 20 cultural centers on the African continent, launched agreements with 37 African countries on technical and economic assistance and with 42 countries on trade, educated over 25,000 African students in Soviet universities, and trained 200,000 more on the continent.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/business/20151222/1032122464/Russia-Outpaces-World-Powers-Building-Ties-Africa.html#ixzz3v2XQzBwZ
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    Re: Russian Engagement in Africa

    Post  George1 on Fri Apr 29, 2016 3:30 am

    Russia Hopes to Get Foothold on East Africa Market in Tanzania – Minister

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    Russia May Start Industrial-Scale Uranium Mining in Tanzania in 2018

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    Re: Russian Engagement in Africa

    Post  George1 on Sat Apr 30, 2016 11:21 pm

    Russia, Zimbabwe to Start Building Platinum Production Complex in 2016

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    Re: Russian Engagement in Africa

    Post  George1 on Mon May 09, 2016 12:06 am

    Russia Ready to Export Transport Equipment, Off-Road Vehicles to Zimbabwe

    Russia is ready to supply Zimbabve with different types of transport equipment, cars and off-road vehicles as well as to organize their production in the country, the protocol of the joint intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation revealed.

    VICTORIA FALLS (Zimbabwe (Sputnik) — According to the document, Russia's Tractor Plants Concern is interested to export to Zimbabwe the whole spectrum of its bulldozer and pipe laying equipment, as well as full track off-road vehicles, communal and agriculture vehicles to operate in road-building, oil and gas, mining and agricultural industries.

    In particular, Russia's Military Industrial Company is interested to supply Zimbabwe with special Tigr class off-road vehicles with the prospect to organize their production in the country.

    Russia's United Wagon Company is expected to hold talks on delivery of freight cars and components to Zimbabwe, the commission's document revealed.

    The protocol also reads that Russia’s machine-building company Uralvagonzavod was interested in expanding cooperation with Zimbabwe, including the deliveries of end product and creation of joint production.

    According to the Russian Industry and Trade Ministry, the volume of the Russia-Zimbabwe trade amounted to $45 million in 2015 and increased by 75 percent in comparison with 2014.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/africa/20160504/1039024644/russia-ready-export-zimbabwe-transport.html#ixzz486Y3OtUw
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    Re: Russian Engagement in Africa

    Post  George1 on Thu May 12, 2016 1:12 pm

    Russia Delivers Advanced Navigation Systems for Airports to Angola

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    Re: Russian Engagement in Africa

    Post  George1 on Tue Sep 06, 2016 1:12 pm

    Russia and Tanzania sign military cooperation agreement

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    Re: Russian Engagement in Africa

    Post  George1 on Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:40 am

    MOSCOW, March 22. /TASS/. Russia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are interested in bringing the trade and economic cooperation between the two countries to a new level, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a news conference on Wednesday following talks with DRC Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Leonard She Okitundu.

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    Re: Russian Engagement in Africa

    Post  eric1 on Wed May 10, 2017 2:19 am

    I think there could be a role for Russian in Africa in terms of helping to stem the tide of the spread of radical Islam on the continent. Currently the US has an African Command there, but it appears in many locales a few more boots on the ground would definitely help and no doubt be appreciated.
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    Re: Russian Engagement in Africa

    Post  George1 on Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:25 pm

    Angola’s Angosat telecoms satellite taken to designated orbit

    A Zenit-2SB carrier rocket, carrying the Angosat satellite, was launched at 22:00 on Tuesday from the Baikonur space center

    MOSCOW, December 27. /TASS/. Angola’s Angosat telecoms satellite, launched atop Zenit-2SB rocket from the Baikonur space center on Tuesday, separated from the Fregat booster and is now in the designated orbit, a source in the Roscosmos state corporation told TASS on Wednesday.

    "The spacecraft separated from the Fregat booster," the source said.

    The satellite will use its own thrusters to reach the final orbit. The maneuver is expected to be completed at 9:54 Moscow time on Wednesday.

    A Zenit-2SB carrier rocket, carrying Angola's telecommunications satellite Angosat, was launched at 22:00 on Tuesday from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan. The first stage separated two and a half minutes into the launch and fell in Kazakhstan’s Karaganda region. The Fregat booster and the payload separated from the rocket eight minutes after the launch.

    The 1,647-kilogram Angosat geostationary satellite has been produced at Russia’s Energiya Rocket and Space Corporation under a contract with the Angolan Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministry. It is intended to provide communications and TV broadcasting for Angola and the entire African continent.


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    Post  George1 on Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:20 pm

    Lavrov to discuss in Ethiopia new nuclear sciences center, based on Russian reactor

    Lavrov expressed hope the visit "will be a useful input in development of the time-tested relations between the countries"

    MOSCOW, March 3. /TASS/. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during the coming visit to Ethiopia will discuss organization of a nuclear sciences center in that country.

    "Our plans include organization of Ethiopia’s center for nuclear sciences and technologies, based on the Russian research reactor," he said in an interview with The Reporter Ethiopia.

    The foreign minister continued by saying that during the upcoming talks with the Ethiopian counterpart Workneh Gebeyehu he plans "discussing in detail ways to develop further the bilateral cooperation with the focus on its trade, economic and investment components, implementation of joint projects, including in the energy, and nuclear energy".

    "Among promising directions is the Russian support in organization there of Ethiopia’s scientific research base for fundamental and applied research," he said.

    "We also hope the visit will favor strengthening of the foreign-policy coordination between our countries," Lavrov added.

    The Russia foreign minister expressed hope the visit "will be a useful input in development of the time-tested relations between the countries" and called symbolic the fact the visit would take place on the background of 120 years of diplomatic relations.

    "We are pleased to see that Russia and Ethiopia pay special attention to this memorial date: celebration events will continue through the year," he said. Moscow and Addis Ababa will have scientific conferences featuring outstanding political and public figures, cultural events, and exhibitions of archived documents.

    On March 2, the Foreign Ministry’s Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Lavrov on March 5-9 would pay visits to Angola, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia.


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    Re: Russian Engagement in Africa

    Post  George1 on Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:19 pm

    Russia, Mozambique to step up military-technical cooperation

    The Russian foreign minister also pointed to the development of educational ties between the two countries


    MAPUTO, March 7. /TASS/. Russia, Mozambique plan to develop military-technical cooperation, and a joint working group that was established last year will foster cooperation in this area, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after negotiations with his Mozambican counterpart Jose Pacheco on Wednesday.

    "Considering the experience of our interaction - which is long, very successful and is positively regarded by both sides - in the sphere of military-technical cooperation, we stated that the decision to establish a working group on military-technical cooperation that first convened last year would also foster development of cooperation in this important area," he said.

    Lavrov also pointed to the development of educational ties between the two countries. "Several hundreds of Mozambican citizens are studying in Russian higher educational institutions for civilian occupational specialties, as well as in educational institutions of the Russian Defense Ministry and the Interior Ministry," he reported.

    According to the Russian foreign minister, the main task remains the development of trade-economic cooperation to the level that would correspond to active political dialogue. "We’ve got first results here already: an agreement to set up an intergovernmental commission on trade-economic cooperation has been reached, and the first meeting will be held the next month in Maputo," Lavrov stated.

    The agreement on military-technical cooperation

    The Russian and Mozambican governments signed an agreement on military-technical cooperation in late January, 2017. The document stipulates deliveries of arms and military equipment, as well as other military-oriented products, spare parts and components.

    The agreement was inked for five years, and after the expiration it will be prolonged for another five years if neither party notifies the other six months before the date of expiry on the intention to terminate it.

    Strategic partnership

    Russia shares Mozambique’s determination to take bilateral relations to the strategic partnership level, according to Lavrov.

    "We value our friendly relations that have stood the test of time and share the task of taking them to the strategic partnership level," Lavrov said.

    "We would like to expand our interaction in various fields, first and foremost, in the area of trade and economy," he added.

    The Mozambique foreign minister, in turn, confirmed his country’s interest in establishing strategic partnership with Russia that, in his words, would benefit both countries.

    "We have seen proof of Russia’s technological successes during President Vladimir Putin’s address to the Federal Assembly on March 1," Pacheco noted.

    War on terror

    Russia and Mozambique share a common stance that the fight against terrorism is a task of paramount importance for the entire global community, Lavrov said.

    "Just like our Mozambican friends, we believe it is an absolute priority for the international community to pool efforts to combat terrorism on the common solid basis of international law without any double standards , without attempts to use extremists for narrow-minded geopolitical goals," he said.

    "This initiative was put forward by Russian President Vladimir Putin at a recent UN General Assembly session, and it continues to be fully relevant," the minister went on to say. "Considering the growing terrorist threat, despite certain achievements in the fight against this evil, it continues to pose a huge number of problems to many countries in the region."


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    Re: Russian Engagement in Africa

    Post  George1 on Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:56 pm

    Moscow has provided free military aid to the Central African Republic at the country’s government’s request

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    Re: Russian Engagement in Africa

    Post  George1 on Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:04 pm

    Russian military presence in the Central African Republic

    The French newspaper Le Monde published an article by Rémy Ourdan entitled "Soldats, mercenaires et conseillers russes se centlifient dans la capitale centrafricaine" ("Russian soldiers and mercenaries are arriving in the capital of the Central African Republic"), which states that "Russia is gradually expanding its military presence in the Central African Republic after the signing of a bilateral agreement in December 2017 "(translation is given on the web resource inosmi.ru).

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    Re: Russian Engagement in Africa

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    Russian Soldiers, Mercs and Advisers Are All Over the Central African Republic

    Russia is back in Africa, guarding the President of the Central African Republic and negotiating with at least three rebel leaders at the same time

    https://russia-insider.com/en/politics/russian-soldiers-mercs-and-advisers-are-all-over-central-african-republic/ri23693

    Sudden Russian interest in the resource-rich Central African Republic (CAR—the former French colony of Oubangui-Chari) has raised questions regarding Moscow’s intentions in the violence-plagued nation (see EDM, April 30).

    As much as 80 percent of the CAR is not under government control. A new burst of violence earlier this month included attacks on churches and mosques, resulting in 19 dead and over 100 wounded (News24.com, May 3). Thousands have been killed and nearly half a million people displaced since 2013. Fighting has escalated since the French ended a three-year military mission (Operation Sangaris) in October 2016. The operation, the seventh French military intervention in the CAR, ended amidst accusations of sexual violence by French troops, though Paris pledged to keep 350 soldiers inside the CAR as a “tactical reserve” while remaining ready to intervene with a larger force “at very short notice” (France24.com, Deutsche Welle, October 31, 2016). Responsibility for security was turned over to the Mission multidimensionnelle intégrée des nations unies pour la stabilisation en Centrafrique (MINUSCA), a 13,000-man United Nations peacekeeping mission, which has struggled to restore order while being accused of large-scale sexual abuse of local women.

    Deeply impoverished, the CAR endured massive exploitation by Chadian Muslims in the 19th century, French imperialists in the 19th century and neo-colonialists working with corrupt CAR politicians since independence in 1960.

    Russia appears ready to join this game, exchanging arms and cash for access to oil, minerals, strategic bases and rare earths—materials vital to modern electronics but a market almost entirely dominated by China. Moscow is trying to trade on Russia’s lack of colonial history in Africa (overlooking failed attempts to establish Russian colonies in the 19th century), its Cold War assistance to various bastions of Marxism there, and its military performance in Syria.


    The CAR has been under a UN arms embargo since civil war broke out in 2013. Pleas from President Faustin Archange Touadéra for arms and training to reinvigorate the shattered CAR military found a sympathetic ear in Moscow last year. An exemption to the embargo was granted only after Russia agreed to supply secure storage and serial numbers for the weapons. The United States, United Kingdom and France were concerned the arms could disappear soon after delivery; the armories were looted in 2013, and weapons belonging to the Forces armées centrafricaines (FACA) have a habit of turning up on the black market. Aside from Russian arms supplies, the UN embargo has been renewed through to February 2019. The exemption allowed CAR chief-of-staff Firmin Ngrebada and special advisor Fidèle Gouandjika to arrange an agreement for arms and training with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, signed in Sochi on October 9, 2017. Ngrebada, nicknamed “Foccart,” after Jacques Foccart (1913–1997), the French special advisor on African affairs in the 1960s and 1970s, insists it was France’s President Emmanuel Macron who sent the CAR delegates to Russia after a French attempt to supply FACA with arms seized off Somalia failed following Russian objections (Jeune Afrique, May 3; CorbeauNews, January 16).
    Among the weapons delivered this year are 900 Makarov pistols, 5,200 Kalashnikov assault rifles, 140 sniper rifles, 840 Kalashnikov PK 7.62-millimeter machine guns, 270 rocket-propelled grenade launchers, 20 man-portable anti-air defense systems, hand grenades, mortars and millions of rounds of ammunition (The Nation, December 14, 2017). Russian weaponry and parts are compatible with what Soviet-era arms remain in the CAR armories. The weapons are intended for use by two battalions (1,300 men) of FACA trained by the European Training Mission (EUTM RCA), beginning in mid-2016. Training was initially inhibited by a shortage of arms. EUTM’s mandate is expected to be renewed in September.

    While the Russian arms are a donation rather than a sale, the Sochi agreement contains provisions for Russian exploitation of minerals, resources and energy sources as well as the development of infrastructure and enhanced commercial relations (Defenceweb.co.za, February 19; RT, April 3). Though the French ambassador to the CAR, Christian Bader, has stated France does not perceive a problem with the Russian military agreement, France has traditionally resented the intrusion of other countries into its African “backyard” (CorbeauNews, April 21). One French diplomat has complained of the “shameless” bribes paid by the Russians for access to CAR governing bodies (Le Monde, April 23). Russians in civilian garb have also appeared in poor neighborhoods of Bangui, handing out various essentials (RFI, April 25). Local reports suggest that among the newly arrived Russians are disinformation experts who have started an anti-French media campaign (Mondeafrique.com, May 9).

    The Russians are reported to have had talks with the Russian-educated former Séléka rebel leader and CAR president Michael Djotodia (2013–2014), though Ngrebada says he has no reason to doubt the sincerity of his new Russian friends (Jeune Afrique, May 3). Witnesses also described a Russian Cesna aircraft with three or four Russian soldiers visiting the compounds of Muslim rebel leaders Nourredine Adam and Abdoulaye Hissene in northern CAR (Monde Afrique, May 4; RFI, May 1). During Operation Sangaris, the French made similar efforts to contact rebel leaders and persuade them to refrain from attacking Bangui; Russian intentions are still unknown, but may have something to do with threats of a rebel “march on Bangui” in response to the military cooperation with Russia (L’Obs, May 5). Russian interest in the rebel-occupied goldfields of northeastern CAR may provide another reason.

    The 175 Russian trainers have established a base at Béréngo palace, the abandoned home of CAR “emperor” Jean-Bédel Bokassa (1966–1979). Only five of this group are members of the Russian Army; most of the others are mercenaries working for private Russian military contractors (Le Monde, April 23). The palace’s 100 acres are only 35 miles from Bangui and include a firing range and an airstrip that can easily be expanded and modernized to handle large Russian aircraft, enabling the Russians to avoid using the French-controlled airport in Bangui. One estimate suggests there are now 1,400 armed Russians in the CAR, most of them employees of private military contractor Sewa Security Services (Le Tchadantrhropus Tribune, May 14).


    Some 40 members of the Russian Special Forces have been assigned as a security detail for President Touadéra, work formerly done by Libyans, Chadian mercenaries or, most recently, Rwandans attached to MINUSCA. Valeri Zakarov, a Kremlin insider, is the new presidential security advisor. The CAR’s presidency is now concerned that the military agreement with Russia will encourage Western attempts to overthrow Touadéra, encouraging even greater reliance on Russian security personnel.

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