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Africa is convinced: Russia is returning not only to the Crimea

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A recent report by Mikhail Margelov, Chairman of the Committee on International Affairs of the Council of the Federation, Special Representative of the Russian President for Cooperation with African Countries that a number of Black Continent countries actually support Russia's position on the Crimea, was ignored in Western media. With the exception of remarks that "Moscow gives the desired for reality." But the new Ukrainian leadership, it seems, made nervous.


Probably, it is not by chance that he was among the first victims of the purge in the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, initiated by the Acting President Alexander Turchinov, were personnel diplomats who worked in Africa. Ambassador to South Africa (concurrently also in Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe) Valery Grebenyuk, Ambassador to Portugal and Angola Alexander Nikonenko, head of the diplomatic mission in Egypt Yevgeny Kirilenko.


The displacement of the latter looks particularly illogical. It was on the Egyptian direction that considerable success was achieved: a couple of years ago, for example, it was reported that deliveries of Ukrainian grain to Egypt in just one year increased almost 25 times, then negotiations began on the export of Ukrainian agricultural machinery.

We note that Yevgeny Kirilenko, a native of the Donetsk region, was appointed by Yanukovych as ambassador to Cairo. So, in Kiev, apparently, "political expediency" once again takes precedence over elementary pragmatism.

Transactions and unions - instead of sanctions

In Egypt, representatives of the military authorities prefer not to extend to the topic of the Ukrainian crisis and the situation in Crimea. Instead, as the Cairo newspaper Daily News Egypt emphasizes, Egyptian generals want to "maximize" the benefits of the current confrontation between the West and Russia. While Western leaders are announcing different levels of sanctions against our country, ARE Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim said his agency is considering a deal to buy large quantities of weapons in Russia to fight the terrorist underground. In a conversation with reporters, the minister recalled that the US and the EU themselves “tried to strangle” weapons Egyptian imports after the removal of Islamist President Mohammed Mursi on July 3 last year.

But the anti-Western front of the Egyptian leadership is not limited to this. On the eve of his visit to Moscow, ARE Minister of Trade and Industry Munir Fakhri Abdel-Nur announced that Cairo is considering the possibility of negotiations on the creation of a free trade zone with the Customs Union, which includes Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Abdel-Nur acts consistently. Earlier, he shared with the press his impressions of the protracted negotiations on investment cooperation with France, complaining that French officials "every time show a desire to make sure that Egypt is on the right path and that it is not threatened by a dictatorship." Extremely familiar style, isn't it?

Recall that the only Arab country that can afford to express directly the attitude to the events in Ukraine and in the Crimea is, of course, Syria. Immediately after the Crimean referendum, Syrian President Bashar Assad sent a telegram to the Russian leader expressing solidarity. "Putin," he said, "remains the guarantor of the creation of a balanced world system based on respect for the sovereignty of states and the right of peoples to self-determination."

On self-determination and morality

As for the Black African states that Mikhail Margelov spoke about, Russian diplomacy here, in fact, has a fairly wide field for maneuver. Margelov attended a meeting of the Pan-African Parliament (the continental equivalent of the European Parliament), at which African deputies discussed the situation in Crimea. The ex-president of Ghana, Jerry Rawlings, to the applause of the audience, supported the Russian position in relation to the peninsula. This point of view in a personal conversation with the Russian senator was confirmed by the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni. “The deputies of parliament after Vladimir Putin’s speech on the sidelines said that the unipolar world was over, the people’s will expressed in the referendum was legitimate, and nobody canceled the right to self-determination,” said Margelov.

That, in general, is not surprising: the last 20 years of representatives of many African countries, especially those that once held a socialist orientation and have long-standing experience of cooperation with the USSR, reminded Moscow of the desire to at least restore the former cooperation to some extent. The American dictates and the neo-colonialist attempts of Washington’s European allies, in fact, weary everyone.

67-year-old doctor at the University of Lincoln School of Diplomacy and Development Jerry Rawlings (President of Ghana in 1979 and 1981 – 2001) has long departed from participation in public affairs and prefers to act as the patriarch of African politics. Moreover, by the level of development, the Republic of Ghana can be added to the list of fairly successful countries of the Black Continent. And Rawlings was not afraid to give a speech with frank criticism of the United States, emphasizing that "double standards are the favorite tactics of leaders who do not recognize morality in politics."

Kissinger Lessons

The current president of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, has a different situation. He, too, is not averse to criticizing Washington. But only on the sidelines. Two years ago, by the way, Museveni came to Moscow and agreed on joint projects in various fields: from the modernization of cotton processing to multi-unit construction in the Ugandan capital of Kampala and traditional exploration and mining of gold, tin and chromium.

Regarding the situation around Crimea, one of the country's leading newspapers, The Monitor, spoke extensively about the Ugandan president, quoting the article by former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the Washington Post, in which he criticized the current US policy toward Ukraine and Russia.

The newspaper urged to pay special attention to the statements of the former Secretary of State that “Ukraine for Russia can never become just a foreign country,” and “Russian история It begins with what was called Kievan Rus. " After that, President Museveni did not fail to notice, speaking on one of the Ugandan TV channels, which Kissinger always considered to be "a symbol of detente for international tensions."

Russophobia interferes

The Pan-African Parliament sits in South Africa, a country that is Russia's BRICS partner. South Africa has repeatedly been ostracized by the United States for its solidarity with Russia in the Syrian issue. Crimea is another matter. As in the case of Uganda, public sentiment about the fate of the peninsula is expressed mainly through the media, and not in the official speeches of politicians.

The country's influential business newspaper, Business Standard, notes that "the growth of Russophobia in the political elite of the United States prevents a normal approach to long-term relations with Moscow." In another article, talking about a telephone conversation between Vladimir Putin and PRC Chairman Xi Jinping, the columnist concludes: “It’s hard not to agree with Chinese criticism of the West. Leading US and European politicians have preserved the mentality of the Cold War and, in fact, returned to the old rhetoric as soon as the rivalry for influence in Ukraine intensified. ”

Angolan wounds and "former friends"

They carefully monitor the situation in neighboring Angola. Here, in relation to Ukraine, there are some nuances that developed during the years of the long civil war, which ended only in the 2002 year, that is, 11 years after the collapse of the USSR. One of the heroes of this war, the Angolan general Roberto Leal Ramos Monteiro (formerly ambassador to Russia and, concurrently, to Ukraine, and then the Minister of the Interior) told the author of these lines that UNITA militants did not accidentally use Soviet weapons. In the 1990 years, this equipment was sold to them by Ukraine. “The rebels wanted to know how Soviet weapons function. After all, such a stream of military equipment from the West, as during the years of the Cold War, was no longer there. This also explained the appearance of Ukrainian military specialists in the territories controlled by UNITA, ”the general emphasized.

True, Monteiro made a reservation at once that before the collapse of the USSR, there were much more Ukrainians among the veterans of the Angolan War who helped the legitimate government than among the “wild geese”. But then the situation changed completely. And although the Ukrainian military experts did not directly participate in the battles and returned home after the end of the war, the residue from their activities remained. “These are the wounds of the civil war, moreover inflicted with the help of those foreigners whom we used to consider to be friends,” stated the Angolan general.

Be that as it may, Luanda’s television closely watched the events in Ukraine and during the Orange Revolution a decade ago, and now. In both cases, the national daily newspaper Jornal de Angola urged not to evaluate the events through the prism of ideological dogma, recalling that the peculiarity of the situation was that in the past Russia and Ukraine were parts of one powerful country - the Soviet Union, which owned "such a pearl as Crimea" . “And thanks to the USSR, we defended our freedom,” said one of the editorial columns of the newspaper.
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  1. Lissyara
    Lissyara April 1 2014 11: 50
    +8
    Aha! Our "little" friends rolled their lips again. They think that for "eternal revolutions" they will again drive weapons for free. smile
    The calf is small! Not enough for everyone!
    1. Irokez
      Irokez April 1 2014 12: 04
      +5
      Quote: LiSSyara
      “MPs after speaking on the sidelines of Vladimir Putin said that unipolar world ended, the will of the people expressed in a referendum is legitimate, and no one has canceled the right to self-determination, ”

      I would insert "same-sex world"And this is so.
      1. alone
        alone April 1 2014 18: 21
        +1
        laughing The Africans have not forgotten the generous billions of dollars worth of gifts from the Soviet General Secretaries. So you can understand them. These parasites are always happy to spend what they did not earn by honest work.
  2. Gorinich
    Gorinich April 1 2014 11: 55
    +4
    In the section of spheres of influence between Russia and China, Africa is in the sphere of interests of China. Hence the conclusion Russian activity in Africa will be minimal.
    1. elmonje
      elmonje April 1 2014 13: 01
      +4
      I am glad that at least Africans do not forget such a now unfashionable concept as "gratitude". With this contrast, one can clearly see that Western "civilization" has gone somewhere completely wrong.
    2. And Us Rat
      And Us Rat April 1 2014 18: 48
      0
      Quote: Gorinich
      In the section of spheres of influence between Russia and China, Africa is in the sphere of interests of China. Hence the conclusion Russian activity in Africa will be minimal.

      It’s not just coming in, the Chinese are already holding Africa so much that even radical rebel groups avoid hitting Chinese interests (these are not European liberals, there are rumors that several groups who tried to attack the Chinese in Africa on the pretext of jihad simply disappeared quietly, and instead a couple appeared mass graves), and European countries are already seriously worried about their influence in North Africa, while the Bear growls at the Eagle - the Dragon spreads its wings, and these wings cast a very big shadow.

      Py.Sy. - the other day I found out that UnionPay was let into our banking sector, and Mastercard and Visa began to seriously lose ground. And the YUSavsky headquarters is coming here to suck up so that they are not exchanged for the Chinese (China will invest tens of billions in our economy and will hardly hide it that they plan to push USAA out of the place of our main strategic partner, and the Chinese never retreat, they speak little and know how to patiently bend their line with a quiet glanders)
  3. Siberian19
    Siberian19 April 1 2014 11: 56
    +19
    I finally wallowed! laughing
    1. Alexander Romanov
      Alexander Romanov April 1 2014 12: 04
      +15
      Quote: Siberian19
      I finally wallowed!

      This (supposedly) Ukrainian knows history better than in Lviv wassat
    2. 120352
      120352 April 1 2014 12: 17
      0
      In Russian it scratches like a real one! And his voice is not African. Sounds like a montage. Or maybe this is a local theater pinned? And what, smeared with shoe polish and no mask is needed. And then he carefully washed away with a little pigtail - another person!
      1. Siberian19
        Siberian19 April 1 2014 12: 47
        +4
        there is more!
        1. Quantum
          Quantum April 1 2014 13: 11
          +3
          A good speaker, by the way! May people lead!
        2. The comment was deleted.
      2. Patton5
        Patton5 April 1 2014 12: 50
        +7
        Do we have many children of friendship among peoples ?! And it’s not beautiful to be a chauvinist! stop Pushkin is not on you !!!
    3. Patton5
      Patton5 April 1 2014 12: 25
      +1
      Pretty boy!!!!
      1. 123dv
        123dv April 1 2014 13: 02
        +4
        Yes, a local Negro, for sure. For nothing, that black.
        I recently saw a joke on this topic in the Moscow metro.
        There are girls, about 15 years old, in a group, laughing out loud.
        And one of them is completely black, and her face is Russian, only her skin is dark.
        So others do not count her for someone else's, she also laughs louder than others ...
        Wow! But such is life. parents do not choose.
  4. kopar
    kopar April 1 2014 11: 58
    0
    Of course they rolled it ... We got used to the fact that they got a lot for free, and now they hope so ....
  5. a.hamster55
    a.hamster55 April 1 2014 11: 59
    +7
    The administration is not responsible for those left unattended: - peninsulas, etc.
  6. riding
    riding April 1 2014 12: 02
    +3
    He spoke bravely and courageously, but Taruta had already announced that the guy would be expelled from the country.
    1. Aryan
      Aryan April 1 2014 12: 18
      +3
      Quote: koni
      He spoke bravely and courageously, but Taruta had already announced that the guy would be expelled from the country.


      yeah ... it will be difficult for such a brow to hide from Bandera in the crowd sad
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    3. Stanislas
      Stanislas April 1 2014 12: 38
      +2
      Quote: koni
      Taruta has already stated that the guy will be expelled from the country
      Many Africans who study at Russian universities speak Russian much worse. Such a lad will not be lost.
  7. Giant thought
    Giant thought April 1 2014 12: 04
    +6
    Here it is necessary to look deeper, weapons are secondary. Everyone is interested in the fact that Russia is rereading America openly, and it cannot do anything to put us on our knees again. So, the caput comes to the unipolar world. But the rudeness of Americans is already tired of everyone. I think this is only the beginning, then slowly, slowly, many countries will distance themselves from America.
    1. Irokez
      Irokez April 1 2014 12: 21
      +6
      Quote: Thought Giant
      Everyone is interested in the fact that Russia is rereading America openly, and it cannot do anything to put us on our knees again. So, the caput comes to the unipolar world.

      So.
      Spring is known and the bear wakes up leaving the den and begins to trample the same-sex world as some kind of infection.
      And why before the Russian bear waking up few people trampled in the spring?
      Most likely they didn’t wake up at the right time and the Russian connecting rod starts to crush everyone who woke him, and the connecting rod is not just a bear, but a ferocious and ruthless, but polite guardian of the laws of nature and order.
      Let same-sex people feel all the charm of the owner of the taiga.
      1. aksakal
        aksakal April 1 2014 12: 56
        +2
        Quote: Irokez
        Most likely they woke up at the wrong time and the Russian connecting rod begins to crush

        - yes, woke up early, in winter laughing Well, not all the same trifle trample, it's time to put an eye on the wife of the "all-planetary beholder". That would not make much noise, but quietly began to remove out of nowhere growths on the head
    2. BOB48
      BOB48 April 1 2014 12: 22
      +1
      Your words to God in the ears !!!!!!!!!
      1. Irokez
        Irokez April 1 2014 12: 33
        +1
        Quote: BOB48
        Your words to God in the ears !!!!!!!!!

        He sees everything and knows everything, but we expect, and he has his own far-reaching plans that he realizes for the benefit of all. So everything will be fine (I found out).
  8. ZU-23
    ZU-23 April 1 2014 12: 05
    +2
    Africa is hardened, it understands much more than Ukraine, where people transmit everything with words from generation to generation, and here it’s enough to add a smartphone with computers to your media via telly and tell them what the soul wants and they’ll easily get it all.
  9. mojohed2012
    mojohed2012 April 1 2014 12: 06
    +2
    Russia has lost its former connections with the USSR for almost a long time. The United States and the West tried hard to beat back everything they could, guided by the rhetoric of the victors in the Cold War, forgetting about partnership and pronouncing the word "partner" in a derogatory tone for Russia. Now we have to fight for a long time and stubbornly against the recovery of markets and entering new ones. It would be high time to participate more actively in the politics of the South American states.
  10. Papabear
    Papabear April 1 2014 12: 06
    +3
    Madagascar will be ours!
  11. rasputin17
    rasputin17 April 1 2014 12: 07
    +12
    Africa remembers how much money Russia gave her on USSR debts and how many people he learned from the African countries of the USSR, making them good specialists!
  12. mountain
    mountain April 1 2014 12: 16
    +2
    Weed out weed and seeds begin to germinate. Not today, tomorrow, the fields will begin to emerge.
  13. Alexandr 2
    Alexandr 2 April 1 2014 12: 20
    +6
    Transnistrian Foreign Minister Nina Shtanski calls on Putin to conquer her country.
    She “calls on Vladimir Putin to make her country the next conquest” of Russia in Eastern Europe, writes Daily Mail columnist Will Stewart.
    1. podpolkovnik
      podpolkovnik April 1 2014 15: 32
      +1
      Quote: Alexandr 2
      Transnistrian Foreign Minister Nina Shtanski calls on Putin to conquer her country.
      She “calls on Vladimir Putin to make her country the next conquest” of Russia in Eastern Europe, writes Daily Mail columnist Will Stewart.



      A poster hangs on the wall of a house on Mannattan's 11 Avenue:
  14. mabuta
    mabuta April 1 2014 12: 32
    +7
    There was a deed. And some were more devoted than a friend.
  15. Gagarin
    Gagarin April 1 2014 12: 55
    +9
    Then, along the way, we will have to conquer the Odessa region (so as not to go twice)
    Quote: Alexandr 2
    Transnistrian Foreign Minister Nina Shtanski calls on Putin to conquer her country.
  16. Arkan
    Arkan April 1 2014 13: 17
    +3
    It is imperative to restore our old ties, first of all, where we are remembered and ready to cooperate.
  17. Vyacheslav 64
    Vyacheslav 64 April 1 2014 13: 44
    +2
    They carefully monitor the situation in neighboring Angola. Here, in relation to Ukraine, there are some nuances that developed during the years of the long civil war, which ended only in the 2002 year, that is, 11 years after the collapse of the USSR. One of the heroes of this war, the Angolan general Roberto Leal Ramos Monteiro (formerly ambassador to Russia and, concurrently, to Ukraine, and then the Minister of the Interior) told the author of these lines that UNITA militants did not accidentally use Soviet weapons. In the 1990 years, this equipment was sold to them by Ukraine. “The rebels wanted to know how Soviet weapons function. After all, such a stream of military equipment from the West, as during the years of the Cold War, was no longer there. This also explained the appearance of Ukrainian military specialists in the territories controlled by UNITA, ”the general emphasized.
    For the sake of momentary gain, our Ukrainian friends have managed to accumulate many places.
  18. WedVolga
    WedVolga April 1 2014 15: 39
    +3
    A Negro guy is a born leader, a good speaker despite a womanly voice. And he says everything correctly, only he said that he represents the party of Limonov, did Edichka embark on the path of patriotism?
  19. shelva
    shelva April 1 2014 15: 40
    +2
    It would not be bad to regain its former influence in North Africa. All the same, the Mediterranean.
  20. Steel loli
    Steel loli April 3 2014 21: 34
    0
    Here, it seems, a telephone conversation between the two Russian ambassadors in Africa about the voting at the UN was recorded. Maybe someone will be interested.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJK00daiKD8&feature=youtu.be