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29.08.2019

Embassy press officer’s reply to a media question on cooperation between Russia and African countries

Question: British media has been paying particular attention lately to various aspects of cooperation between Russia and African countries. Could you comment on this?

Answer: Indeed, the sheer amount of publications covering our ties with  Africa leads to believe that we are dealing with a deliberate information campaign. The aim seems to be to denounce the Russian approach to cooperation with African states as unscrupulous and mercantile. We would like to recall that Russia’s relations with Africa are free from problems related to colonial past, so it is hardly fair for the British media to suspect colonial ambitions on our part. Russia (as previously the USSR) has always been and continues to be a strong advocate for equal and respectful cooperation with nations of the African continent, both bilaterally and in international organizations. This approach is known and appreciated both by our traditional and new partners in Africa.

It is hardly a coincidence that Western media have started this campaign ahead of the Russia-Africa summit (October 24, Sochi), where we expect to host leaders of more than 40 African states. The interest expressed by African nations for mutually beneficial relations with Russia bothers our Western colleagues in light of their historical influence on the continent.

We have taken note that Russian companies operating in Africa have also become a target of UK media attacks. The latest example in a series of publications is a piece in the Guardian of 28 August, focusing on Rosatom implementing a number of cutting-edge projects in the field of atomic energy. The nervous and misplaced reaction must be a recognition of the indisputable success of Russian nuclear energy technologies in Africa and their global relevance.

 

29 August 2019, 19:00




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