There are statements coming from the capitals of a number of Western states that Russia’s policy in Africa is allegedly not aimed at the benefit of African countries. This is not true, Dmitry Polyansky, First Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN, said on Friday, July 29.
The Russian diplomat spoke at a meeting of the UN Security Council dedicated to the extension of sanctions against the Central African Republic. Russia abstained from the vote, but by a majority vote, the Security Council extended the restrictions, reports TASS.
Polyansky refuted claims by Western states that Russia’s actions in Africa were allegedly malicious. The representative of the Russian Federation called these statements obvious and unconvincing attempts to turn the countries of the continent against Russia.
According to the diplomat, African states are aware of this, which “welcome Russian assistance, strive to develop equal and mutually respectful relations, value our historically established ties.”
The Pentagon previously stated that the United States still faces challenges in foreign policy towards African states, they consist in the presence of strategic competitors in the face of Russia, as well as China. The United States called the main goal of Russia’s actions in Africa to gain access to minerals on this continent. In addition, Washington allowed stepping up Russia’s activities in Africa in order to “divert attention from Ukraine”.