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Russia Naval Base in Sudan Opens a Long-Sought Gateway to the Red Sea

Russia views its naval facility as a mechanism to expand its power projection on the Red Sea, Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.

Russia bypassed the country’s civilian leadership in setting up the naval base agreement as it views the military council led by Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan as the guardian of Sudan’s stability. (Photo: TASS)

BY SAMUEL RAMANI | WPR

Following Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin’s approval last month of a new naval base to be built on Sudan’s Red Sea coast, official Kremlin statements have billed the facility as a logistics center that will be defensive in nature—for principal use as a resupply station for Russian warships. Continue reading Russia Naval Base in Sudan Opens a Long-Sought Gateway to the Red Sea

Russia to Build Military Bases in 6 African Countries

“The speculative report is an utterly false and mere extension of a covert and pathetic smear campaign” – Eritrea’s Minister of Information

Russia was “contractually assured” it would be allowed to build military bases in Eritrea, the Central African Republic, Egypt, Madagascar, Mozambique, and Sudan. (Photo: Russian Defense Ministry)

BY TESFANEWS*

Russia is moving to expand its sphere of influence in Africa through new military bases in a move military experts say is aimed at building a military force in the form of a Russian-type AFRICOM capable of competing with the role the US military command in Africa (US AFRICOM) plays. Continue reading Russia to Build Military Bases in 6 African Countries

Putin Gives Order to Lift Eritrea Sanctions

Economic sanctions against Eritrea have been in place since 2009, while an arms embargo has been imposed since 2013

An invitation for Eritrea to formally begin shopping of defensive weapons?

BY TASS – RUSSIAN NEWS AGENCY

Russian President Vladimir Putin has lifted the sanctions imposed on Eritrea, which have been in place for almost ten years. The presidential decree is published on the official portal of the legal information. Continue reading Putin Gives Order to Lift Eritrea Sanctions

Washington Wakes Up to East Africa’s Importance

Bringing the U.S. in from the Cold. Fears of growing Chinese and Russian influence in the region may have influenced Washington to suddenly shift its toxic policy against Eritrea, including reversing its opposition to the lifting of U.N. sanctions … as a prelude to improving its own bilateral ties with the country.

BY STRATFOR

The Horn of Africa is in the midst of profound change. From a summer peace deal between longtime enemies Ethiopia and Eritrea to multibillion-dollar infrastructure projects, the region is transforming, providing opportunities for outside powers to enhance their economic influence.  Continue reading Washington Wakes Up to East Africa’s Importance

Senior Russian Diplomat, Eritrea President Discuss Lifting of UN Sanctions

The two sides also reaffirmed their willingness to deepen political dialogue and to coordinate their foreign policies on the basis of fundamental principles of international law.

BY TESFANEWS *

President Isaias Afwerki met and held talks today at the State House with Russian delegation headed by President Putin’s Special Representative for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov.  Continue reading Senior Russian Diplomat, Eritrea President Discuss Lifting of UN Sanctions

Russia-Eritrea Relations Grow with Planned ‘Logistics Center’

Eritrea and Russia have expanded their bilateral relationship with the announcement of trade and a planned ‘logistics hub’, most probably at Eritrea’s Assab port, where the UAE already built a huge naval base. If this ‘Logistics Hub’ went according to plan, it will be Russia’s official presence, along with China and the U.S., on this strategic Red Sea location.

BY SALEM SOLOMON | VOA NEWS

Russia and Eritrea expanded their diplomatic relationship Friday when Moscow announced plans to build a logistics center at a port in the East African country.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov disclosed the plans at a meeting with a high-level delegation from Eritrea, according to RIA, a Russian state-owned news agency. Continue reading Russia-Eritrea Relations Grow with Planned ‘Logistics Center’