© RIA Novosti / Alexei DruzhininIf you look at the reaction of foreign media on Russian successes in Africa, it is very noticeable that they tend to interpret them in the context of “humiliation” which the United States was subjected in Syria. “Putin enters into the struggle for Africa after the humiliation of the U.S. in the middle East,” wrote the Qatari Al Jazeera. “Putin just did a victory lap of honor in the middle East. Now, he goes to Africa” — under this title was published an article to CNN. “Vladimir Putin appears unstoppable after a string of victories that trump handed him on a silver platter. <…> (Putin. — Approx. ed.) has demonstrated global ambitions, taking (at the summit. — Approx. ed.) all 54 African countries to new commercial deals in the billions of dollars”, says U.S. business publication Business Insider.Unfortunately, every foreign policy success, such as, for example, the summit “Russia — Africa” almost always gets to a certain part of the media community and political microinfusion on social networks the reason for the harsh criticism of the government.Especially funny looks hard contrast between the Western dimension of the leading media and ill-concealed anti-Russian hysteria of some of microinfusion in the Russian social networks and messengers. While Western analysts have calculated that Russian successes and benefits of Russian users had to read unfunny jokes about “forgiven 20 billion dollars.”
Try to provide debt relief to African countries to the USSR as a sign of weakness or stupidity is understandable, but can only work on the most uninformed audience. If “debt relief” — the weakness and stupidity, then in a weak and stupid organizations will have to record the IMF, the world Bank and even China, because they are all write off “bad debt” to African countries in exchange for expansion of their capabilities in this important continent.Take the example of China, which, despite his reputation as a tough and pragmatic creditor tries to work in Africa in the mode of smart banker, not a silly collector. The American analytical company (more commonly known as a “private intelligence Agency”) Stratfor describes real and mythical methods of Beijing at work in Africa: “the Chinese Government continues to claim that the project “One belt, one road” there were no political motives, China is not pushing any developing country into a “debt trap”. In fact, China has demonstrated a willingness to write off the debt owed to him to reconsider some debts and agreed to delay payments to others. China has written off debts totaling about $ 50 billion.”With rare exceptions, neither the IMF nor other Western creditors, nor China not trying “to remove the last skin,” with African countries, especially because often it’s just physically impossible, and the attempt to “force recovery” in the style of the XIX century will generally cost more of the money. Debt relief, if it is properly executed, is a great tool for opportunities that otherwise simply would not exist.
Russia in the coming years is to double the food supply in Africa
The results of the summit “Russia — Africa” speak for themselves. According to the adviser of the President of Russia Anton Kobyakov, the total amount of contracts signed with African countries and companies amounted to 800 billion rubles.Russia offers not only weapons, but also the opportunity to develop the economic sovereignty of African countries, without demanding in return the victims in terms of political sovereignty. Range the fact that interested African partners, was strikingly broad: it and supply of Russian equipment to the Moroccan oil refinery, and “the establishment of a joint complex on production of ammonia and urea” for $ 1.2 billion in Angola, the construction of nefteprovoda in the Republic of Congo, assistance in the development of the Angolan Railways and the construction of the “Center of nuclear science and technology” in Rwanda. This is not a complete list of the signed contracts and agreements, but it is enough to understand Russia’s rational approach to work on the most promising emerging market of the world.It is significant that domestic criticism of the diplomatic and economic expansion in Africa is concentrated on criticism of the Russian mythical altruism, but Western criticism just concentrates on his absence. That is, influencer in social networks is fundamentally refuse to see that Russia is on the continent earns the money, while Western analysts see just making money. And very displeased due to the fact that money is flowing from under the nose of U.S. and European neo-colonial powers.For example, the American television channel CNN reported: “Analysts believe that the renewed interest of Russia to the continent hardly altruistic. Guests arriving in Sochi, pleasing the exhibits of military equipment of Russian production of military helicopters, fighter jets and armored vehicles. The message is clear: the Kremlin presents itself in front of African governments as a reliable supplier of military expertise and advanced weapons — without a lot of additional conditions.”Those “additional conditions”, the lack of which according to the Western analysts, it is a requirement that is always attached to Western loans or transactions. This IMF program, and a program of privatization, and political control. This is a traditional and reductions in social spending and promote the rights of all minorities. In this context, it is understandable why the Russian proposal for arms sales or economic cooperation criticized as a cynical Moscow fundamentally will not go into politics, social and ideological stuffing political life of their clients and partners.When lovers pseudoexperts whining talking about the fact that Russia in any case can not compete in Africa with the United States or European Union, because they have more money, it just indicates their anti-Russian bias or fundamental unwillingness to understand the nature of the proposed Sochi variants of cooperation. Moscow is the only place in the world where entire countries can buy yourself a little bit of geopolitical freedom from the greedy, rude and quite aggressive “Western partners”. You need to remember that every conditional of the Russian automatic rifle, combat helicopter, reactor or railroad supplied an important bonus is freedom, and freedom is often more valuable than money, and it is understood by many African leaders.
Foreign media love to write about the new “race for Africa” or the “scramble for Africa”, providing a rather cynical Parallels with the nineteenth century, when global Empire “divided by the bayonets of the” Black continent. In this context, seem rather inadequate attempts to criticize Russia for what she allegedly fit into the “race for Africa” which she will not be able to win the US, China and EU countries. The Soviet Union tried to present the whole of Africa communism, and to make gifts is always costly for the giver, and it is logical that this strategy ended in the best way. Modern Russia is a different strategy. The fact that our country is not involved in the “race” — it offers country-specific specific services for specific money, and the main competitive advantage is the geo-strategic freedom and absence of any hidden conditions. Those who appreciate this exclusive cooperation, will find in Russia are attentive and interested partners. Try to bribe or fight for those who do not understand, in any case, it makes no sense.Ivan Danilov