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We are coming back! Russia goes to Africa again to defeat competitors

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Distracted by the events that are taking place in Europe, Ukraine, the United States, for some reason we stopped writing and talking about Africa. Meanwhile, quite recently, in 2019, this topic was among the most discussed in the world and Russian press.


What happened? And why has Africa ceased to interest us?

The reason, it seems to me, was our misconception about this continent, laid down by the writings of the writers of the late XNUMXth and early XNUMXth centuries. And subsequently - also stereotypes actively imposed on us by both television and the media in general.

Agree, for most of the inhabitants, Africa has remained a backward, impoverished, illiterate territory inhabited by some wild tribes?

A sort of eternal outsider of world politics and economics, who does not even strive to catch up to the level of the world's leading countries. Some people in torn clothes and fancy hairstyles on their heads, who only think about how to get another cow or camel.

Is this true?

It's time to break stereotypes


Those of the readers who were born and raised in the USSR remember very well our attitude to the People's Republic of China at that time. They sleep on mats, eat a ball of rice a day, drive old Soviet cars, licenses for the production of which were once given by Stalin to Mao.

Remember the old anecdote about the Chinese offensive? "Aviation will not. The pilot got sick. "

Quite a little time passed and ... Today, no one remembers that China. It is currently the first economy in the world at purchasing power parity. Moreover, today it is China that largely determines world development. Literally yesterday's episode - the conversation between the US President and the Chinese leader - is very indicative in this regard.

About the same история in a fairly short time we are expected on the African continent. In just 10–20 years, Africa will become one of the most promising regions for investment. There are all the prerequisites for this.

I will try to combine them into a single complex for understanding.

Firstly, it is Africa that has the largest reserves of many minerals today. African countries are the absolute leaders in the reserves of bauxite, manganese, uranium, a number of rare earth metals, platinum, coltan, without which no mobile phone will work, cobalt, without which no bomber can take off.

Even Russia after the collapse of the USSR does not have such a "periodic table" in its vastness. We simply lost access to many deposits that were inherited by neighboring states.

Secondly, it is Africa that is leading today on one more, most important, without exaggeration, issue. The birth rate of the population. The so-called demographic dividend. Now about 15% of the world's population lives there, but according to scientists' forecasts, in a hundred years this figure will become simply huge - 40%!

Thirdly, very high rates of development of countries.

It is enough to give one figure to understand how important it is. Over the past 20-25 years, the average rate of development of African countries has been more than 4% per year! Here you can add a couple of facts about the "underdevelopment" of African countries. For example, mobile phones from Egypt are not uncommon in European markets. And in "wild Kenya" you simply cannot pay in cash at the store:
- Card, sir ...

The collapse of the USSR and our thoughtless desire to become "part of the world community", part of the "democratic world" led to disastrous results. We have almost completely abandoned cooperation with African countries.

One fact is enough to understand what we have done. We have only four sales offices left for the entire continent - in Egypt, South Africa, Morocco and Algeria.

Trade turnover fell 6 times even in comparison with the “Gorbachev era”.

We're going back to Africa


Today, our economic relations with Africa mainly translate into cooperation with seven countries: Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, South Africa, Tunisia, Nigeria and Sudan. The rest of the countries can boast of meager contracts for amounts ranging from several million to a maximum of hundreds of millions of dollars.

At the same time, many countries are very positive about cooperation with Russia.

The reason for this attitude towards us on the part of Africans is simple. For many decades after gaining independence, civil wars periodically flare up in most countries, dictators come to power. And all this is happening with the active participation of Western countries. Undesirable presidents are simply removed by force.

For quite a long time after the collapse of the USSR, there was no country or military bloc in the world that could defend its business, its economic independence from the United States and NATO. But Syria happened. For the first time, Africa realized that Americans do not decide everything. There is a country that knows how to defend its interests and can do it.

Of course, it is difficult to talk about stability in Africa today.

Conflicts arise and develop rapidly: in one place, then in another.

But we cannot fail to return to this region.

Above, I already wrote about the minerals that are there and that are not in Russia. Add to this perspective in the future and you get exactly the same conclusion.

A confrontation that's inevitable


Oddly enough, but today we have several serious competitors at once.

I will not call them opponents simply because we, of course, will not fight in the literal sense. There will be serious political, economic, ideological and other work to oust our competitors from African countries. This is too tidbit for the USA, Europe, China and some other countries.

Moreover, such a struggle has already begun.

Russian companies have become active in several African countries at once. These are the Central African Republic (CAR), Mozambique, Mali, and Sudan. What caused countermeasures from Western companies. Including with the use of local gangs. Attacks on company employees, destruction of some important production facilities are not uncommon.

Naturally, Russian companies act in exactly the same way as all companies in the world in such harsh conditions. They hire private security agencies, which they stubbornly confuse with PMCs, to protect their property. There are many such companies in Africa from many countries. Moreover, where the company is registered is not at all important.

Let's look at the situation using a particular example.

The situation in Mali. At the end of 2019, the former President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, signed a military cooperation agreement with Russia. Thus, the Russian military should have arrived in the country. But back in 2013, French army units were deployed in Mali to fight terrorists associated with al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (banned in the Russian Federation).

The French perfectly remember the saying about attack as the best form of defense. So immediately after the appearance news about the agreement in the media, in the French press there were many reports about the notorious PMC "Wagner", whose employees began to walk around the capital of the country, almost advertising themselves. In particular, Agence France-Presse has repeatedly published such messages from the capital of Mali, Bamako.

The campaign for linking PMC "Wagner" to the Kremlin took place before our very eyes for the last couple of years. How many materials have been published in the foreign press about this? Countless.

And who remembers, in general, where did this formation, terrible in the eyes of the West, come from?

Let me remind you that this company has the name of a PMC only on the pages of the Western press. And the popularity was brought to her ... by the American sanctions list, where this company was included in 2017. A little earlier it was "untwisted" by "Fontanka.ru". It was there that in 2015 they talked about two employees of the Moran Security Group PMC - Vadim Gusev and Yevgeny Sidorov, who registered the Slavic Corps PMC in Hong Kong to “guard oil pipelines in Syria”.

It is clear that there is no such company in Russia. Simply because mercenary is a criminal offense in our country. The officers enter into regular contracts with a foreign security agency. But even with the company's external legality, Russians and citizens of other former Soviet republics are hired in the strictest secrecy.

It was not for nothing that I called the Wagner PMC a terrible fiction. Recently Agence France-Presse again frightened the French government with a report about the Wagnerians. According to French journalists, the government of Mali is negotiating with the security company PMC Wagner on the organization of protection of the most important infrastructure facilities.

French Defense Minister Florence Parley quickly reacted to this message:

"If the Malian authorities conclude an agreement with Wagner, it will be an extremely disturbing and contradictory signal, incompatible with everything that we have done for many years and intend to do to support the countries of the Sahel."

Florence Parley even threatened the Mali government with the withdrawal of French troops from Mali to Sudan.

At the same time, the French refer to a certain representative of the Mali Defense Ministry, who did not deny such negotiations. Although it is clear that if you do not know about the negotiations, this does not mean that they did not exist or that they did exist.

What is in perspective?


Coming back is always more difficult than coming for the first time.

We were in Africa. And we left Africa to make room for companies from other countries. Over the past 30 years, these firms and other countries have created their own infrastructure in African states and built enterprises. They do not intend to give theirs at all. Just as now they do not want to share with someone else the undeveloped deposits.

The competition will be fierce. Up to power seizures of enterprises and institutions. Security companies from all over the world will fulfill their direct contractual responsibilities. It is clear that those who will guard the facilities of Western companies will be called “correct”, and those who will work with the Russians will automatically be labeled as “terrible monsters”. You have to be ready for this. This is to be expected.

But in spite of everything, we must return to Africa.

We cannot miss a promising market, lose the opportunity to obtain the necessary minerals, or refuse our own profit. The country must develop. Including at the expense of money earned abroad. It is time for us, as a zealous owner, not only to sell our wealth, but also to bring into the house what we lack or do not have at all.
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  1. WIKI
    WIKI 19 September 2021 06: 48
    +4
    This is too tidbit for the USA, Europe, China

    I would change the sequence of the listed countries according to the amount of invested capital, billion
    USD For 2018 China 73, France 34, USA 31.

    It is clear that those who will guard the facilities of Western companies,

    And what about China, "God's dandelion"?
    1. Stas157
      Stas157 19 September 2021 08: 28
      +23
      Quite a little time passed and ... Today, no one remembers that China. It is currently first world economy at purchasing power parity

      Roughly the same story will soon await us on the African continent. In literally 10-20 years, Africa will become one of the most promising regions

      When will such leaps take place in Russia?
      1. The comment was deleted.
      2. Pashhenko Nikolay
        Pashhenko Nikolay 19 September 2021 10: 11
        +18
        Well, apparently after we help Africa to jerk off. We ourselves will always have time.
        1. dorz
          dorz 19 September 2021 11: 06
          +20
          But, in spite of everything, we must return to Africa ...

          We lost the post-Soviet space, but returned to Africa. This is wishful thinking. sad In general, there is no long-term strategy here, as the Chinese have, which, in principle, is not possible in our situation.
          1. Andrei Nikolaevich
            Andrei Nikolaevich 19 September 2021 19: 53
            +1
            Here it is - the key and golden word, - Long-term strategy! And here, after the rain on Thursday,
            1. Narak-zempo
              Narak-zempo 20 September 2021 21: 11
              +4
              Quote: Andrey Nikolaevich
              Here it is - the key and golden word, - Long-term strategy! And here, after the rain on Thursday,

              Well, don't tell me! Our chief strategist is very long-term.
              1. Andrei Nikolaevich
                Andrei Nikolaevich 21 September 2021 09: 39
                0
                Well, this is something, yes ...) One thing pleases - he does not drink and get out of the plane, maybe.)
                1. Narak-zempo
                  Narak-zempo 21 September 2021 09: 50
                  0
                  Quote: Andrey Nikolaevich
                  Well, this is something, yes ...) One thing pleases - he does not drink and get out of the plane, maybe.)

                  Who remembers the old - that eye out.
                  By the way, we must remember what is the key advantage of Russia, which is not oil or gas.
          2. Glagol1
            Glagol1 22 September 2021 12: 49
            +1
            Of course, there is no strategy. There is a moderate presence in 5-6 countries, there are activities of companies, but in general it is very modest. The government does not think about the country's long-term interests, but only about reproducing itself and stuffing its pockets.
      3. Sling cutter
        Sling cutter 19 September 2021 10: 16
        +13
        Quote: Stas157
        When will such leaps take place in Russia?

        As long as the population is happy with everything, there will be only breakthroughs.
        There is such an index of human development (HDI), and so on this index, we confidently occupy the "honorable" 52nd place!
        1. Bolt cutter
          Bolt cutter 19 September 2021 12: 06
          +3
          for this index, we confidently occupy
          According to this index, Estonia confidently bypasses Italy and the Emirates (UAE) belay and Georgia left Kuwait behind yes ... This is just one of many shuffled ratings for every taste.
          1. Sling cutter
            Sling cutter 19 September 2021 12: 51
            +3
            Quote: Bolt Cutter
            According to this index, Estonia confidently bypasses Italy and the Emirates (UAE), while Georgia left Kuwait behind. This is just one of many shuffled ratings for every taste.

            According to more objective, in your opinion, ratings in any regions of the Russian Federation is at the same levels of the 5th ten.
            1. Glagol1
              Glagol1 22 September 2021 12: 57
              +2
              Degradation is an integral part of stagnation. Let's compare: in 2013 the NWP in Russia is $ 900, now it's $ 600. What is Africa? Soon this same Africa will pity us. Poor, freezing, people with no entry anywhere, without the right to fair elections, how can we help them?
  2. Blackmokona
    Blackmokona 19 September 2021 06: 59
    +23
    The walk on the old rake continues, now we will again actively feed all blacks for agreeing with our political agenda
    1. Grandfather
      Grandfather 19 September 2021 07: 37
      +21
      what kind of "africa" ​​when there is a mess in my country ...!?
      1. Doccor18
        Doccor18 19 September 2021 08: 28
        +19
        Quote: Dead Day
        what kind of "africa" ​​when there is a mess in my country ...!?

        And where does the "country"?
        Corporations want to make more money and are looking for the best places for this. And to them (corporations), to one place, what's going on in the country ...
    2. Alexander Koshkin
      Alexander Koshkin 19 September 2021 09: 55
      +10
      The events with the Sudanese naval base once again confirmed this. Once again, we will write off the next 20 billion dollars to Africans ...
      1. domokl
        19 September 2021 17: 37
        -8
        Not so simple. The base will be. And about add. agreements are out of the question ... NSh grumbled without thinking, ours quickly clarified the situation with Ethiopia ... That's all
  3. knn54
    knn54 19 September 2021 07: 47
    +7
    Everything is correct, BUT.
    Somehow "thoughtlessly" the multimillion-dollar debts, in fact STATE ones (the legacy of the USSR), are forgiven in exchange for illusory promises to PRIVATE Russian companies.
    Everything needs to be done BASICLY, and it is imperative that there is a Russian military base. This is where the factor of the absence of an ocean-going fleet in the Russian Federation comes to light.
    Money loves counting, and as Al Capone (or Colonel Mauser?) Said:
    "With a kind word and a gun you can achieve much more than just a kind word."
    For strength was respected ALWAYS. The world is sick and therefore cruel - in politics, no one believes in virtue, mercy. Kindness is often perceived as weakness.
    PRAGMATISM and nothing personal.
    1. Blackmokona
      Blackmokona 19 September 2021 08: 09
      +17
      Do we need military bases there? What do they give us in terms of security at a radically higher cost of ownership?
      1. Drago
        Drago 19 September 2021 13: 37
        +8
        They are completely unnecessary. Now military bases are props for projecting economic power. And with the economy, we are a complete failure.
      2. Ashes of Claes
        Ashes of Claes 20 September 2021 17: 36
        +2
        Quote: BlackMokona
        Do we need military bases there? What do they give us in terms of security at a radically higher cost of ownership?

        well ... for investment protection))
        1. Blackmokona
          Blackmokona 20 September 2021 18: 28
          +2
          And will this military base fight a lot without the support of a strong oceanic fleet?
    2. Doccor18
      Doccor18 19 September 2021 08: 33
      +9
      Quote: knn54
      multimillion-dollar debts

      More precisely, multi-billion dollar ...
      Which could be "exchanged" for multi-year mining licenses, contracts for infrastructure projects, etc. etc.

      Quote: knn54
      Everything must be done BASICLY, and it is necessary to have a Russian military base.

      With land lease for 49-99 years ...
      hi
  4. Svarog
    Svarog 19 September 2021 08: 06
    +21

    For quite a long time after the collapse of the USSR, there was no country or military bloc in the world that could defend its business, its economic independence from the United States and NATO. But Syria happened. For the first time, Africa realized that Americans do not decide everything. There is a country that knows how to defend its interests and can do it.

    And what about the citizens of the Russian Federation with the fact that a bunch of oligarchs decided to invest in Africa .. I'm really wondering how this will affect me? They like to cite the USSR as an example .. but the USSR is a completely different state, not related to LLC .. and the successes of the USSR directly reflected on the citizens ..
    1. Pilot
      Pilot 19 September 2021 08: 12
      +17
      Well, what about the citizens? By the next election, crumble the edge of the African loaf like birds .. gooey, gooey, here's a blow.
    2. WIKI
      WIKI 19 September 2021 08: 45
      -4
      Quote: Svarog
      how will this affect me?

      This has already affected me negatively. I've been rooting for Spartak all my life. What does the team care about Lukoil investing in Iraq? The fans only have a lot of wasted nerves. The transfer policy has failed, they are ready to mix Fedun with .....
      1. domokl
        19 September 2021 17: 39
        -1
        Quote: WIKI
        The transfer policy has failed, they are ready to mix Fedun with .....

        I don't like football, but I know that we have it at the highest level. Above all there are Brazil, Argentine and others ... Judging by the salaries of our football players.
        1. WIKI
          WIKI 19 September 2021 19: 13
          0
          It's not about the level of football. Your wife is probably not a super model either. But you love her in your own way, according to your ideas.
    3. Ashes of Claes
      Ashes of Claes 20 September 2021 17: 46
      0
      Quote: Svarog
      And what about the citizens of the Russian Federation with the fact that a bunch of oligarchs decided to invest in Africa .. I'm really wondering how this will affect me?

      in this way, citizens will be told that it is the state's task to protect the investments of a "handful of oligarchs". Those. it is responsible for the military component. Hence all this blizzard about "military bases".
      Quote: Svarog
      and the successes of the USSR directly affected the citizens ..

      How did the "successes" of the USSR in Mozambique, Angola or Ethiopia reflect on you personally?
  5. nikvic46
    nikvic46 19 September 2021 08: 08
    -1
    The development of African countries will be slow, but in the end these countries will be the vanguard in the world. The fact that they are now being used does not mean anything. Civilization is gradually eating up itself. All empires have one end. If the British Empire collapsed over the centuries, now the process has accelerated. I'm not even talking about what people get in the metropolis. If there are 100000 dollar millionaires in Moscow, this does not mean that all Muscovites live in chocolate, especially those who left their cities and children to earn a little or more money.
    1. Maki Avellevich
      Maki Avellevich 19 September 2021 10: 11
      +5
      Quote: nikvic46
      The development of African countries will be slow, but in the end these countries will be the vanguard in the world.

      you seem to have never been to africa.
      although if we assume that the length of the period of time to this end tends to infinity, then yes, you are probably right.
      1. nikvic46
        nikvic46 19 September 2021 16: 10
        0
        Dmitriy. Do you think that in civilized countries the light has come together like a wedge? People will walk along the ruins of civilization, as they are now walking around the pyramids.
        1. Maki Avellevich
          Maki Avellevich 19 September 2021 22: 24
          +1
          Quote: nikvic46
          Dmitriy. Do you think that in civilized countries the light has come together like a wedge? People will walk along the ruins of civilization, as they are now walking around the pyramids.

          There will be. But this is said strongly about the avant-garde of Africa.
  6. Sahalinets
    Sahalinets 19 September 2021 08: 43
    +18
    It is difficult to say what will happen in the distant future, but in the foreseeable future, nothing good will shine for Africa. The same increase in numbers only leads to huge problems - how will they feed themselves? Minerals will only enrich the tribal elite and western banks.
    Well, I’ll add.
    Locals categorically do not like to work.
    Few educated Negroes are leaving their homeland.
    The mood of local governments is purely dependent - everyone owes them.
    Accordingly, the loans are really irrecoverable.
    In exchange for dubious prospects, we have already written off billions of debt to them, and what else will we give money?
    It is not even worth comparing the possibilities of influence of Western countries and China with ours. The locals will willingly go over to the side of those who give more. Guess who it is?
  7. Doccor18
    Doccor18 19 September 2021 08: 49
    +10
    But we cannot fail to return to this region.

    But I wonder, "we" - who is this? Russia, the people or private corporations with a local registration, in order to have time to snatch at least something from the rich African pie ..?

    Oddly enough, but today we have several serious competitors at once.

    I will not call them opponents simply because we, of course, will not fight in the literal sense.

    In the "literal sense" they are "opponents", and long-standing, irreconcilable ...
  8. awdrgy
    awdrgy 19 September 2021 09: 01
    +19
    Yeah ... more to feed these. Wages will probably grow, I will buy apartments for children .. Some kind of surrealism, matrix, looking glass ... The last juices are ready to squeeze out of us for some of their crazy purposes. Well, where is the logic ?. Resources are sold to the right and left, but it is necessary to go to Africa. Whose goals are these? For whose sake will it be necessary to "endure until the bright future"? Come on, fig-complete nonsense, nothing good for the Russians, not promising.
  9. faiver
    faiver 19 September 2021 09: 28
    +6
    But in spite of everything, we must return to Africa.
    - Maybe they should, but I think that not now, at this point in time Russia should concentrate on solving internal problems - restoring production and improving the well-being of its citizens, and all citizens, and not a separate handful of millionaires and billionaires ...
  10. Professor
    Professor 19 September 2021 09: 47
    +7
    In Africa today, one master is China. He bought everyone there.
  11. Alexander Koshkin
    Alexander Koshkin 19 September 2021 09: 52
    +8
    Does the Egyptian experience teach you nothing?
    As soon as the level of economic relations becomes strategic, there is a radical change either in the economic course or in the leader of this economic course. This was under the Union, which possessed 22% of world GDP!
    Today Russia has 2,2% of world GDP and its share is constantly and steadily declining. Therefore, participation can only be local. The events with the Sudanese naval base once again confirmed this ...
    1. tralflot1832
      tralflot1832 19 September 2021 10: 41
      -2
      But now we have peace and quiet in relations with Egypt in the military sphere. There are modern LNG plants on the territory of Egypt and they work on Israeli gas. This is what a snake ball turned out. And Egypt pays us $ for the sold liquefied gas from the offshore fields of Israel. And the coolest gas price for Egypt for a long time will be $ 220 per 1000 cubic meters. Egypt leases us a heap of desert, next to Port Said for the development of heavy engineering. Yes, Russia is now changing the railway train in passenger transportation for living $
    2. Vadim237
      Vadim237 19 September 2021 19: 16
      0
      And what are you The GDP of the USSR in which there was a planned distribution economy and the composition of the country included 15 republics - you compare it with the current Russian market economy, and for 30 years the entire world economy did not stand still every year it grew.
  12. A. Privalov
    A. Privalov 19 September 2021 10: 01
    +20
    In the 60-70s of the last century, the USSR made a lot of efforts to rescue the "freedom-loving peoples of Africa from the bloody clutches of the imperialist colonialists." Billions and billions of money went there, like water to sand, thousands of specialists in various fields of the national economy traveled, complete enterprises, agricultural machinery, machinery and equipment, weapons and military advisers were supplied.
    True, very soon it became clear that all this was a monkey's work. The local population was rapidly increasing in size, devoured all the funds that the ruling elite did not have time to appropriate, and countless coups and endless civil wars plunged these already impoverished countries into even greater poverty and devastation.
    Yes, there are a lot of minerals, but the local population does not like to work and does not want to. It is corrupted by humanitarian aid pouring down from heaven. They know very well that for their work, they will not get more. So why bother?
    As a sales market, for Russia, these countries are completely zero, since there is zero purchasing power of the population, as a raw material market, they would be quite suitable, but the replacement of some colonialists with others will only cause new opposition from local, and for citizens of the Russian Federation, generally from earnings from private mining offices fossil, neither cold nor hot. The proceeds from the sale of raw materials, even theoretically, will not go to Russia.

    In a word, judging by the bulk of the comments, dear Alexander Mikhailovich, you did not convince VO readers of the need for Russian expansion to Africa, alas ... hi
    1. tralflot1832
      tralflot1832 19 September 2021 10: 52
      -7
      Egypt is Africa? Many thanks to Israel that it finally found gas off its coast. And sold part of its property at a price of $ 220 per 1000 cubic meters to Egypt. With such prices for LNG, it now has a fabulous fat. Thanks for the support of our military-industrial complex and heavy engineering through Egypt. The latest contracts with Egypt we really like. hi
      1. A. Privalov
        A. Privalov 19 September 2021 14: 02
        +4
        Quote: tralflot1832
        Egypt is Africa? Many thanks to Israel that it finally found gas off its coast. And sold part of its property at a price of $ 220 per 1000 cubic meters to Egypt. With such prices for LNG, it now has a fabulous fat. Thanks for the support of our military-industrial complex and heavy engineering through Egypt.

        Indeed, about a year ago, we signed an agreement of intent to sell 5 billion cubic meters of gas in Egypt over the next three years. • The deal is estimated at $ 700 million. So, in fact, the price for Egypt will be even lower.
        The export will be carried out from the Tamar field via the Sinai pipeline - the same pipeline through which, on the contrary, Egypt previously supplied gas to Israel.

        Earlier, Egypt sold gas to Israel under a 20-year contract. However, the agreement was broken off in 2012 after a series of attacks on the pipeline. Since then, the gas pipeline has not been used for its intended purpose due to its regular explosions by militants in the Sinai Peninsula. So, Egypt still has a lot to work on doing its homework.
        The gas to be shipped through the pipeline will be "interrupted", which means that this export will be made only from excess reserves (if surpluses are accumulated, which we will have nowhere to store.) At the same time, the gas will be sold at a price. comparable to other export agreements and will mainly be pegged to the price of Brent crude oil.

        We really like the latest contracts with Egypt. hi

        And we are so glad!
        Even in spite of the fact that our support for your military-industrial complex and heavy machinery through Egypt will be very indirect. (Since Egypt needs to sell this gas to someone else and bail out something for it. Perhaps he will generally consume it himself.) We will be indescribably happy when at least something breaks off from the profits of the military-industrial complex. hi
        1. tralflot1832
          tralflot1832 19 September 2021 14: 15
          -8
          This year, 100000 LNG was delivered to Poland from Egypt, but probably already under the American brand. What can you say about the supply of your gas to Egypt 64 billion cubic meters over 10 years.
          1. A. Privalov
            A. Privalov 19 September 2021 14: 54
            +4
            Quote: tralflot1832
            Q What can you say about the supply of your gas to Egypt 64 billion cubic meters over 10 years.

            I do not see the problem.
            Why produce gas if you don’t trade it?
            1. tralflot1832
              tralflot1832 19 September 2021 14: 58
              -8
              Thank you for increasing the defense capability of Egypt, at your own expense, including with Russian weapons.
              1. A. Privalov
                A. Privalov 19 September 2021 15: 01
                +7
                Quote: tralflot1832
                Thank you for increasing the defense capability of Egypt, at your own expense, including with Russian weapons.

                You're right. Egypt has yet to make war with Ethiopia for water.
                And you will have hope, thus, in a ten-year perspective, to reduce the price of borscht set. We will be happy about that.
                1. tralflot1832
                  tralflot1832 19 September 2021 15: 33
                  -7
                  What are the costs of a good life in Israel and Russia?
                  .
                  1. A. Privalov
                    A. Privalov 19 September 2021 17: 41
                    +5
                    Quote: tralflot1832
                    What are the costs of a good life in Israel and Russia?
                    .

                    It's hard to say so bluntly. Depends on what you think is a "good life". And it's hard to compare.
                    But I know for sure that earning in Israel and spending in Russia would be great.
                    1. tralflot1832
                      tralflot1832 19 September 2021 17: 43
                      -2
                      Yes, yes! I agree!
  13. Maki Avellevich
    Maki Avellevich 19 September 2021 10: 15
    +2
    Quote: nikvic46
    If the British Empire disintegrated over the centuries, now the process has accelerated.

    where did you get this from?
    1. IS-80_RVGK2
      IS-80_RVGK2 19 September 2021 16: 08
      +13
      This is Staver. He lives in an alternate universe.
  14. ccsr
    ccsr 19 September 2021 11: 38
    +6
    But in spite of everything, we must return to Africa.

    Maybe we'd better return to Siberia and the Far East, taking into account the fact that our population is not growing as in Africa?
    And their "prospect" may end sadly for us - the political contingent is so corrupt there that we will be thrown once again and our investments cried. We already went through this in the 60-70s of the last century. Apparently not everyone remembers this ...
    1. Iris
      Iris 22 September 2021 10: 24
      +2
      Maybe we'd better return to Siberia and the Far East, taking into account the fact that our population is not growing as in Africa?


      They took it off the tongue! hi
  15. Spring fluff
    Spring fluff 19 September 2021 11: 57
    +1
    почему автор незаслуженно забыл Дмитрия Валерьевича Уткина? https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A3%D1%82%D0%BA%D0%B8%D0%BD,_%D0%94%D0%BC%D0%B8%D1%82%D1%80%D0%B8%D0%B9_%D0%92%D0%B0%D0%BB%D0%B5%D1%80%D1%8C%D0%B5%D0%B2%D0%B8%D1%87
    In November 2017, RBC announced the appointment of Utkin as CEO of Concord Management and Consulting, the managing company of the restaurant holding Yevgeny Prigozhin.
    Awards
    In 2016, Dmitry Utkin attended the celebration of Heroes of the Fatherland Day in the Kremlin as a holder of four Orders of Courage [16] [17] and was photographed with President Vladimir Putin and other guests [5].
    Sanctions
    In June 2017, the United States imposed sanctions against Dmitry Utkin as the head of PMC Wagner [18].
    1. Sling cutter
      Sling cutter 19 September 2021 12: 03
      +1
      Quote: Spring Fluff
      Why did the author undeservedly forget Dmitry Valerievich Utkin?

      Because now he is a mercenary, and mercenary (private) armies in the Russian Federation are prohibited by law.
  16. kotvov
    kotvov 19 September 2021 12: 40
    +12
    But, in spite of everything, we must return to Africa. ,,
    Smart people start from their home. Apparently the author decided to join the stupid.
    1. Region-25.rus
      Region-25.rus 19 September 2021 13: 18
      +9
      Smart people start from their home. Apparently the author decided to join the stupid.
      the author joined the one who won (the collapse of the USSR)
  17. Drago
    Drago 19 September 2021 13: 29
    +4
    We return to Africa only for the size of our forage caps.
  18. Karabin
    Karabin 19 September 2021 13: 44
    +13
    The country must develop. Including at the expense of money earned abroad.

    What country are you talking about? Probably about China. On the part of the Russian Federation, I see the write-off of hrenalion dollars to Africans, the distribution of new non-repayable loans and military aid. That is, a considerable expenditure of the state budget. And about the African earnings of the Russian Federation, something is not heard. And the author did not write. No, he mentioned some Russian companies, but what does the RF earnings have to do with it? What is the mechanism for replenishing the RF budget through Russian companies?
  19. Revival
    Revival 19 September 2021 14: 04
    +11
    What is the use of the people of Russia from agreements and achievements of some kind of "personal pocketbooks" with other "personal pocketbooks"?
  20. Vakcin
    Vakcin 19 September 2021 14: 09
    -8
    We are coming back! Russia goes to Africa again to defeat competitors

    Why go back we bought everything there and have the right? During the Soviet era, in exchange for weapons and other humanitarian supplies .. We were given licenses for the resources and lands of African countries! I read the memoirs of a liberal from the 90s in the Russian government already .. So he said that the USSR practically bought Africa .. and there are documents, licenses and present and own .. The Chinese are illegally rustling there in vain ..
    And on the American continent there are also OUR lands and in Afghanistan!
    That's how we live, we chew bread .. And we wait. soldier
    PS And also the Russian Empire, Jerusalem, redeemed completely .. But our costs were not paid to us by the Jews.
    1. Iris
      Iris 23 September 2021 02: 55
      0
      And the Russian Empire, Jerusalem was completely redeemed


      Jerusalem ?! Fully ?!?..
      And who sold it to us? .. lol
  21. Undecim
    Undecim 19 September 2021 15: 09
    +18
    I read the title of the article.
    We are coming back! Russia goes to Africa again to defeat competitors

    The thought immediately arises - he wrote. I look at the end of the article who wrote it - for sure, he. Another fantasy. What is most surprising is that now it turns out to be an analyst.
    1. IS-80_RVGK2
      IS-80_RVGK2 19 September 2021 16: 17
      +7
      Quote: Undecim
      What is most surprising is that now it turns out to be an analyst.

      Do not wonder. This is what she looks like today. But do not be afraid you will get used to it. After about a couple of months of reading, the blood from the eyes will stop flowing.
    2. Ashes of Claes
      Ashes of Claes 20 September 2021 20: 25
      +1
      Quote: Undecim
      What is most surprising is that now it turns out to be an analyst.

      Well, yes. Analytics.
  22. alystan
    alystan 19 September 2021 15: 58
    +5
    Staver disguised as Shpakovsky or vice versa?
    Those of the readers who were born and raised in the USSR remember very well our attitude to the People's Republic of China at that time. They sleep on mats, eat a ball of rice a day, drive old Soviet cars, licenses for the production of which were once given by Stalin to Mao.

    I was born and raised in the Soviet Union, I remember warm high-quality sweaters, the same thermos, porcelain dishes ... But I learned about the rice balls from you, and about everything else ?! Amazing quality for some to turn everything upside down !?
    How can Russia return to Africa if it was present there only as part of the USSR.
    But everyone is presenting, once again blurring the fact of the existence of relations between the USSR and Africa, as if Russia was there and is now returning there. If only they added it out of respect for the common history and in order not to mislead the younger generation that it is returning as the legal successor of the USSR.
    Or if you don't want to mention the USSR at all, then you have to write that it is going to Africa, not returning. Otherwise, the next reshaping of history turns out !?
  23. Old ensign
    Old ensign 19 September 2021 16: 55
    -1
    Quote: knn54
    Everything is correct, BUT.
    Somehow "thoughtlessly" the multimillion-dollar debts, in fact STATE ones (the legacy of the USSR), are forgiven in exchange for illusory promises to PRIVATE Russian companies.
    Everything needs to be done BASICLY, and it is imperative that there is a Russian military base. This is where the factor of the absence of an ocean-going fleet in the Russian Federation comes to light.
    Money loves counting, and as Al Capone (or Colonel Mauser?) Said:
    "With a kind word and a gun you can achieve much more than just a kind word."
    For strength was respected ALWAYS. The world is sick and therefore cruel - in politics, no one believes in virtue, mercy. Kindness is often perceived as weakness.
    PRAGMATISM and nothing personal.

    These are rewritten words of Colonel Colt (as far as I remember).
  24. Sergei Khukharev
    Sergei Khukharev 19 September 2021 17: 02
    +8
    Who do you mean by the name of Russia going to Africa? Oligarchs who will create a company on the kulichkas and pay a meager tax there, and Russia will find itself in the position of a girl standing on the sidelines? PMCs just appeared due to the fact that states refused to support private companies that do not pay taxes to the country. Therefore, "we are returning" sounds like a slogan and nothing more. What will every inhabitant of Russia have from this? Will money go to the Russian budget?
    1. Narak-zempo
      Narak-zempo 20 September 2021 21: 36
      0
      Quote: Sergey Khukharev
      What will every inhabitant of Russia have from this?

      Wrong wording of the question. Not "what they will have," but "how they will have" each resident of Russia.
      1. Ashes of Claes
        Ashes of Claes 20 September 2021 22: 08
        0
        Quote: Narak-zempo
        Wrong wording of the question. Not "what they will have," but "how they will have" each resident of Russia.

        I do not think that Prigozhin & Co.'s African assets will have the Russian man in the street - he, the man in the street, they generally give a fuck, like Africa itself. For negative posts about Putin's chef - yes, they will let the entire cook's kennel down, ready to tear any pants legs for a bowl of lentil stew. It's amazing how the opuses of the pocket FAN and other garbage dumps are still out of favor on the topvar. Are there no offers made that cannot be refused?
        1. Narak-zempo
          Narak-zempo 21 September 2021 09: 54
          0
          Quote: Ashes of Klaas
          I don’t think that Prigozhin and Co. will have a Russian man in the street for African assets.

          It will be enjoyed independently of all African affairs.
          A new lockdown is just around the corner.
  25. Citizen simple (almost)
    Citizen simple (almost) 19 September 2021 18: 40
    +7
    It is time for us, as a zealous owner, not only to sell our wealth, but also to bring into the house what we lack or do not have at all.

    And again some completely empty (excuse me) hooray dreams of "world influence". I will repeat the same idea that I expressed in a recent topic about foreign military bases.

    Understand the simplest thing.
    Not yet strong domestic economy - any attempts to "external games" are completely useless. It is like sitting down to play at a table with high stakes (and strong players) for the last pennies.
    Especially in conditions when a huge part of all profits, even from somehow successful "external projects" (and internal ones too), actively using budget money, goes to all personal pockets, almost never reaching the budget.

    As a result, we get what?
    That's right - we get that the country invests in these projects more than it gets in the end. The whole nation plows for the budget, and only a few "close courtiers" get real profit on these funds. The rest of the cheated (really working!) Get only a beautiful picture on the TV and "pride in their achievements."
    And under this pathetic slogan of yours "We must return to Africa" ​​- there will be just another distribution of tasty contracts to "courtiers", that's all. With our money. "Smart plan", you will not say anything.

    Want to "go back to Africa"? I'm all for it. But only after things get better in Russia itself. And with this while everything is somehow clearly "not very" ...
  26. NAIL77DM
    NAIL77DM 19 September 2021 18: 49
    -2
    by the way, and the video stalled where the Syrian was butchered like a pig, it also seemed to be sizzling that the Wagnerites were working
  27. Andrei Nikolaevich
    Andrei Nikolaevich 19 September 2021 20: 00
    0
    Cooperation is good in any area and with any state. But - mutually beneficial. The last such "cooperation" we had with "brotherly" Ukraine. They stole gas from us, blackmailed us by blocking transit, but they told us, taking into account the good-neighborly relations between our two brotherly peoples, and so on. And everyone forgave, forgot, and everything like that. After all this, I still very much hope that at least in Africa we do not have “fraternal peoples,” But in general, I am for cooperation! But .. for the mutually beneficial.
  28. sash-sash
    sash-sash 19 September 2021 20: 56
    +4
    In Russia, 1 percent of the territory is equipped ...
  29. demo
    demo 19 September 2021 20: 59
    +4
    Well, once Russia has risen from its knees. Since everything is so wonderful here, we can raise Africa too.
    Staver is great. Knows which side of the water to pour.
  30. Borisych
    Borisych 19 September 2021 23: 15
    +1
    Africa. blacks, baobabs ... Diamonds and crocodiles. All this is on my drum, because I am not an oligarch, but a simple Russian people. And I'm not going to help the negroes to drive one king in the neck so that another jumped up. Because to me Africa is up to baobab.
  31. Ivanushka Ivanov
    Ivanushka Ivanov 19 September 2021 23: 46
    +1
    Many African countries are striving for Russia?))) There is simply a protest against what they now have. For some characters, this, apparently, happens against the background of bright memories of youth spent in a Soviet university, + the disinterested aspirations of the Land of Soviets.
    In reality, we simply have nothing to offer the Africans different from what Uncle Sam feeds them. The so-called "our" oligarchs are much worse than ours, this is a fact. The services of Russian PMCs are popular among African native kings, apparently due to the low cost of these very services. And the cheapness of these services reflects the price of a Russian person's life. It's simple.

    And what, nowadays everyone thinks that Africa will help us? Well, it's a hat for Senka. In this case, I would advise Old Man to smear it with a burnt cork, but immediately call him Tsar!
  32. 16112014nk
    16112014nk 20 September 2021 13: 37
    +3
    Or maybe better:
    "We do not need the Turkish coast,
    And we don't need Africa "? ©
    If you look, everything can be found in Russia. It's just that in Africa it is easier for officials to take money into their pockets. There is less control than in Russia.
    1. Ivanushka Ivanov
      Ivanushka Ivanov 20 September 2021 17: 35
      -1
      Dig deeper)))

  33. Zaurbek
    Zaurbek 22 September 2021 09: 46
    0
    It is necessary to receive income from AFrika ... and not like the USSR - only to pump money.
    1. Ivanushka Ivanov
      Ivanushka Ivanov 22 September 2021 14: 54
      +1
      So far, they receive income only from their own population and at the expense of their own population. Confucius said: do not rejoice at record grain harvests and high gas prices. And also do not be sad if they gave something to someone "just like that". A record harvest leads to an increase in bread prices, and expensive gas in Europe will become expensive "for objective reasons" in our country a little later. The money saved, if you suddenly change your mind and “don’t give it” to someone, will not return to your pocket. This is the truth!
  34. Iris
    Iris 22 September 2021 10: 30
    +1
    Lord, what nonsense! Competitors, Africa ..
    We should return to Ulyanovsk to begin with, so that in the evening we could walk there without danger to life; and so that the neighborhoods disappear, where (just like in Harlem) the local police are openly embarrassed to call in.
  35. l.jensen
    l.jensen 24 September 2021 20: 59
    +1
    Is Russia returning to Africa? You will find a common language correctly. You have the same mentality, common worldview, and a lot in common. Mutual understanding will be achieved without problems. Development level one. The elites have money and homes in London, and the plebs scolds the Naglo-Saxons-small-Britons (magawaka-bunga). Duck it's you and they are one. "We were robbed" It's yours. The direction selected is appropriate. FORWARD TO AFRICA.
  36. Peter Tsar
    Peter Tsar 25 September 2021 19: 11
    0
    Expanding influence, building bases, deploying contingents is certainly good. However, is Russia itself ready for such movements?
    1. V means B
      V means B 26 September 2021 17: 44
      +1
      What kind of Russia are you asking about? For those who are at the top, it is one, for those who, shall we say, are lower than the other.