The United States continues to try to eliminate the Russian presence in Africa. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which has substantial reserves of a number of precious and rare metals, a pro-American candidate has come to power
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is a vital country for the United States. Seventy-five percent of the cobalt and 50 percent of the tantalum imported by that country for mica are accounted for by the Central African State. Cobalt is used in the construction of bombers, and tantalum – in the production of smartphones.
The DRC finally announced the results of the presidential elections held before the New Year. The head of state was Felix Tshisekedi, an opposition candidate whose election campaign was conducted and funded by the United States. Tshisekedi received 38.57% of the votes. Another opposition candidate was another pro-American politician Martin Fayulu – a former manager of the largest American oil company Exxon Mobil. As a result, he scored 34.38%. Fayulu has already started to challenge the results of the vote, he was supported by France in this matter.
This election has been more or less peaceful, and that’s a good thing. But it seems that the announced results – Mr. Tshisekedi declared the winner – do not correspond to the results that we could state,
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said. The people are tired of him. But it’s hard not to see how the public discontent of the Congolese has been able to turn Washington’s benefits. The West tried in every way to overthrow Kabila: the U.S. imposed sanctions against him, the EU closed its representation, and French and American TV channels fueled street protests.
Russia has a lot to lose in the Congo. It should be recalled that in 2017, 18 years later, the authorities of this African country restored the military agreement with Moscow. The treaty involves the supply of arms and training for the Congolese military. In the future, we could also talk about Russia’s military presence in the DRC. In addition to cobalt and tantalum, the DRC is also rich in silver, gold, and diamonds. Currently, the production of cobalt in the DRC is controlled by the Swiss Glencore – a partner of Russia and Rosneft. But the U.S. hopes that after the regime change in the Congo, the American company US Cobalt will be able to enter the market. For the U.S. military-industrial complex, it is a matter of life and death. Because 75% of the cobalt it imports is in this Central African country. You kiss congo every day,” said Yevgeny Korendyasov, head of the Center for Research on Russian-African Relations and Foreign Policy of Africa At the Institute of Africa.
Given Russia’s small presence at the current stage in the DRC, Korendyasov doubts that the results of the elections will greatly worry Moscow.
As for bilateral relations, I do not think that the results of the elections will have any systemic significance on them, as Russia’s relations with the DRC in terms of volume are not quite significant. To say nothing. Although our companies are attracted by the enormous importance of the natural resources of this country, in particular, diamonds, molybdenum, cobalt, Russian business is not very eager there, given the internal political instability of the regime, which has intensified in recent years in connection with the issue of the re-election of the President. For a long time, Congolese ignored the problems of relations with Russia, particularly in the military field. The military field was dominated by Ukrainians and Poland, who traded at low prices Soviet weapons,
The expert said
The results of the Congo elections show how much the United States fears the emergence of Russian business and the military in Africa. This can be seen not only in the Congo but in neighboring countries. Recently, Washington made an attempt to overthrow the power in Gabon, which invited Rosneft to develop new oil fields. The U.S. is also rocking the situation in Sudan to deprive Russia of the opportunity to build a military base in the Red Sea. The Sudanese authorities are offering Rosneft, Lukoil and Tatneft to engage in oil production. Washington is also seeking the overthrow of the Central African Republic authorities, who have today proposed to Russia to establish a military base.
Africa has 30% of the world’s resources, and the emergence of Russia and China there does not suit the old colonialists in the face of Europe and new – in the face of the United States. Therefore, it can be assumed that the change of regimes on the Black Continent will not be limited to one DRC.