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Russia's president Dmitry Medvedev spent this week in Africa, visiting four countries, Egypt, Nigeria, Angola and Namibia. Russian official sources present the visit as purely economic, stressing that its goals are to assist Russian business and to develop mutually beneficial relations with African countries...
...There is, indeed, a serious business element to it – much more serious, in fact, than during the African visit of Medvedev's predecessor Vladimir Putin three years ago. However, there is hardly any doubt that Medvedev's visit is at least as much about policy as it is about business – and perhaps much more so. It has to be considered in the context of Russia's final withdrawal from its negotiations to join the WTO, and the two summits that Medvedev hosted in Yekaterinburg – that of Bric countries and of the members of the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation. The US asked to participate as an observer, but the request was not granted. All these moves are a sign of a new stage of Russia's policy of disengagement with the west and of its leaving western financial and economic space. This tendency has been developing for a few years, but now it has obviously reached a new active phase. During his second term as president Putin often spoke of the need to transform the global economic order in order to diminish its dependence on the west. The Yekaterinburg summits sought to achieve exactly this.
In effect, Medvedev's visit to Africa should be seen as a move to create a bloc of countries rich in energy resources. The existence of such a bloc, in Russia's thinking, would increase the political weight of its participants and thus change the balance of power and influence in the world....
Originally posted by antar
This is why they have been creating genocide for so many years? So that the vast country could be used for profit?
Originally posted by redhead57
They and all other so called developed nations will do what has always been done, rape the land, oppress the people, and steal the wealth.
Such a sad thing for a continent so rich to be so poor and for the rest of the world to only view it with dollar signs in their eyes. (Or Euro's or whatever currency.)
Originally posted by silent thunder
I actually believe Africa will have its "day in the sun" someday, although perhaps many decades hence. As resources shrink, their power will become greater. Indigienous people will wise up and end the dominance of outsiders, be they Russian, Chinese, European, or Anglo-American.