Following the insights shared in infoguerre » The smart power of the Russian atom », Kremlin announced $12.5bn worth of deals struck during the African-Russian summit back to october 2019. Which shows the success of the so called « intelligent pragmatism » (razumniy pragmatism) based on rationalism of diplomatic relations, and economic efforts.
The main difference between the Europe / United States strategy remains on the definition of time, we can reasonably consider that Russian foreign policy is part of « long time ». Heritage of Soviet cooperation policies, the Kremlin developped several partnerships based on region-to-region model.
For example, Russia’s Sverdlovsk Oblast sent a delegation to develop economic investment with Eritrea in February 2019. Russia has adopted a similar approach in Syria. The Kremlin is also working to build parliamentary links with African officials. Russian State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin held a forum to engage African parliamentarians in July 2019, in the aim of educating cadre of future leaders in Africa. Russia is funding new scholarships for Africans. The Foreign Ministry has held numerous ambassador-level engagements with local universities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola, Botswana, Namibia.
In contemporain russian world (Mir) GEO.graphy – GEO.economy – GEO.politics can not be separated. For instance, Gazprom is currently planning to build a $10 billion gas
pipeline from Nigeria to Algeria.The russian world mining Alrosa extracts diamond in South Africa, Sierra Leone, Namibia, and Angola, and controls 60 percent of diamonds extracted in Angola.
Sergey Lavrov has stressed the need for “African solutions to African problems” and asserted that “Africa is underrepresented” in international organizations like the UN.
The attached reports shows what will be the next intention of Russia in Africa, and why this continent is so strategic.