The future Russia-Africa forum will be a hub for the implementation of the multipolar world advocated by Russia, participants of the Russian-African Club told Sputnik gathered in Moscow. According to them, the summit will “try to get Russia back on track”.
Representatives of 27 African states participated in the Russian-African Club meeting in Moscow on March 16 promoting ties between Russia and the African continent. On the sidelines of the event, participants discussed with Sputnik the geopolitical issues of the Russia-Africa forum set for this summer in Saint Petersburg.
“The summit will try to confuse the West with this Ukraine story. Because the Westerners have demonized Russia, they wanted to make it leave, to keep it away from Africa, while Russia has given a lot for Africa”, launches Jean Bosco Kiang, first political and diplomatic adviser to Sputnik. at the Congolese embassy in Russia.
Present in Moscow at the meeting of the Russian-African Club at Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU), a major Russian university, he explains: “Westerners, when they come to Africa, they give you your left hand and they resume with the right hand. Russia did not demand all this”.
According to the adviser, “in this forum, there will be a lot of truths that will come out, and we are waiting for that precisely to try to get Russia back on track”.
The implementation of the multipolar world is the central issue of relations between Russia and Africa, says Said Ali, president of the Malagasy Diaspora in Russia, also present at the meeting of the Russian-African Club of the MSU.
“Russia is part of a great country that would love to see the multipolar world implemented. On this occasion, Africa plays an important role and therefore the relationship with Africa in all areas, whether it is the field of education, the field of science and the economy, the diplomatic field, it is really important to move this idea forward,” he says.
Cooperation with present-day Russia promises “really a great future” for Madagascar, he explains.
During the meeting of the Russian-African Club, the idea of opening branches of Russian universities in different African countries was put forward. This “will boost education in Africa”, considers Jean Bosco Kiang.
“I am sure and certain that the students, their parents too, those around them, are happy with this idea”, says Said Ali, recalling that “in the time of the Soviet Union, there were really masses of students ( Madagascans) who came here”.
The Russian-African Club was established in 2022 at MSU University. The club brings together Russian and African diplomats, politicians, public figures, representatives of business, science, education and culture. Its task is to promote ties between Russia and the African continent. The last meeting to date, that of March 16, addressed issues in the educational field.