The representative of Vladimir Putin visited the Chairwoman of the Commission of the African Union, to express to her Russia’s desire to have closer relations with the continent. For this reason, Russia has taken measures to cancel part of the debt of the African countries.
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federation of Russia and Special Representative for the Middle East and the countries of Africa, Mikhail Bogdanov, visited the Chairwoman of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, last February 6.
During the meeting, Bogdanov delivered to Zuma a message signed by the Russian President, H.E. Vladimir Putin, in which the latter expressed his intention to reinforce the relations between Russia and Africa.
For this reason, the message of the Russian President highlights the measures adopted by Russia to cancel a significant part of the debt of the African countries and the preferential treatment enjoyed by most of the traditional African exports to Russia. This has opened new opportunities for trade, economic cooperation and investment in the continent.
Finally, Putin also recalls in his message that “the number of scholarships that the Russian Government offers to Africa is going to be increased, and the Russian experts are participating in the training of peace forces of Africa.”
Text: A. A.
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office