The Russians are coming
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) and Minister of Trade and Industry Denis Manturov (L) on a visit to the helicopter-manufacturing Rostvertol Company in Rostov-on-Don on August 22, 2013. The country approaches its relationship with Africa from three perspectives: arms trade, natural resources and balance of power. Russian Federation president, B.N Yeltsin began his term with an interesting twist for African nations.
Russia’s Foreign Policy Concept of 1993 rated Africa rated ninth ahead of Latin America in its top ten priority list. Topping the list were Commonwealth of Independent States, Europe and China.
On the eve of the Soviet dissolution trade volumes with Africa stood at $1.3 billion but this saw a decline to a low of $740 million by 1994. Technical-economic assistance and trade agreements for 37 and 42 African countries respectively were also at risk.
While Africa was disappearing from the Russian radar, US, Europe and Asia were competing for influence on the continent. Some six years later in 2000, Russia's foreign policy concept underwent some changes with Africa meriting a special paragraph on how relations would be channeled through the umbrella body, Organization of African Union (OAU).
However, the real change in Russia’s perceptions towards Africa began in the 21st Century when it took a lot of interest in African Affairs.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Africa Review KenyaSimilar Stories