Russia does not interfere in internal affairs of African states

Summary

Moscow does not interfere into politics, social programs and ideology of the internal political life of its customers and partners.

Disproof

There is ample evidence of Russia’s involvement in the internal affairs of different states in Africa and the Middle East. For instance, Russian paramilitary organisation Wagner Group has been involved in military conflicts and civil unrest in Africa.

According to Bloomberg, the Wagner Group works in at least 10 African countries, such as Sudan, Central African Republic, Angola, and Zimbabwe. On Madagascar, the Group accompanied the Russian political experts who were advising some of the presidential candidates on general elections in 2018. Wagner Group also provides military assistance in exchange for access to mineral resources.

 

More on Wagner Group’s involvement is here and here.

Moreover, it is also a fact that Russia is involved in numerous conflicts around the world, from Syria to Ukraine.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 170
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Africa, Middle East and Africa
  • Keywords: Middle East and North Africa, Russian expansionism, Africa
  • Outlet: RIA
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The timing of the announcement of the joint command formed between four countries, two of which have borders with Serbia, shows the psychological need of NATO to posture and demonstrate that it’s doing something after Russian tanks were brought to Serbia.

Disproof

Part of a RECURRING AND long-running disinformation campaign on NATO and its military exercises.

On October 25th 2019, in the margins of the NATO Defence Ministers' Meeting in Brussels, the four countries did sign a Memorandum of understanding to establish a Regional Special Operations Component Command (R-SOCC). However, the decisions were not made hastily in a matter of hours after "seeing Russian tanks in Serbia" to satisfy a "psychological need", as the article suggests. The process had been in the works long before the military exercise in Serbia was even announced. Namely, the letter of Intent to establish R-SOCC was signed by Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia on February 13th 2019, also during meetings of NATO Defence Ministers in Brussels. There was no "posturing" in the continuation of this activity which has been ongoing for months.

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the WW2.

The European Parliament called the war as the bloodiest tragedy of the century, which resulted in millions of victims of authoritarian regimes of fascist Germany and the USSR. The European Parliament has also expressed concern about the efforts of the current Russian leadership to whitewash the crimes committed by the Soviet totalitarian regime, and see them as a dangerous component of the information war against democratic Europe.

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Disproof

Recurring Pro-Kremlin narrative on the US and NATO, which aims at sowing mistrust and nihilism in Georgian society towards the West.

In 2009 the US and Georgia signed a US-Georgia Charter on Strategic Partnership, which advances bilateral cooperation on priority areas, such as defense and security; economic, trade, and energy issues; people-to-people and cultural exchanges. Read more about US-Georgia relations here. US firmly supports Georgia's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders. More about the NATO/US military assistance to Georgia can be found here.