Russia retains influence in Africa and can count on the support of many countries on the continent, despite the much more complicated relations with the West. This is reported by the British newspaper The Times.
The publication, citing experts’ assessments, writes that despite the US attempts to increase its influence in Africa, “the battle for the continent may already be lost.” The United States, as well as Britain and France, “lost ground to China, Russia, and smaller players including Turkey and the Gulf states”.
It is also noted that the Russian Federation will continue to maintain its influence in Africa, supporting local governments, even if its popularity among the ordinary inhabitants of the continent will fall.
In early December, at a meeting of the European Parliament Committee on Combating Foreign Interference, the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, said that he doubted the sincerity of Africans participating in demonstrations in support of Russia and that these Africans do not even “know where the Donbas is” and who Vladimir is. Putin.
Later, Kenyan Ambassador to Russia Benson Ogutu, in response to Borrell’s words, said that in his country they know where Russia is, and there are no problems with this.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, at a press conference following the results of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council, also commented on the words of the head of European diplomacy that Africa does not know where the Russian Federation is located, saying that Africa knows where it is and what role it played in liberation from colonialism.