Moscow sees Africa as arena for cooperation, not confrontation

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Russia does not see Africa as an arena of confrontation with other countries and it is open to cooperation with African countries.

It was also opened to China and the European Union, Vsevolod Tkachenko, director of the Africa Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

“We do not see Africa as an arena for confrontation between Russia and anyone else.

“We see it as a continent where in cooperation with our African friends and partners, we are open to interaction with all interested parties, including European Union, China and other countries,’’ Tkachenko said.

According to the diplomat, Moscow understands that many have their own economic and political interests that do not always coincide with the interests of others.

However, Russia always stood for fair competition and advocated partnership over confrontation. (Sputnik/NAN)

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