Russian base in Sudan: a sad lesson for Moscow


As many of our readers have probably heard, for several more years Russia wanted to get a naval base in Sudan. In the not so distant 2017, the President of the State Omar al-Bashir appealed to Vladimir Putin with a request to “protect Sudan from the United States,” after which our countries concluded a number of agreements in the field of military cooperation.


At the same time, negotiations began on the creation of a PMTO, but already in 2019, al-Bashir was overthrown. The new civilian government, however, did not abandon this initiative of the previous president and even concluded an agreement with Moscow on the construction of the base (this happened in November 2020). However, they did not have time to ratify it - officially there is no corresponding legislative body in the country, and elections to it will be held only at the end of 2022.

Of course, it would be naive to hope that Moscow's competitors will not take advantage of this delay - and, of course, they did not miss this great opportunity and did their best to prevent the Sudan-Russian alliance from existing.

On June 2, Sudan's chief of staff, Muhammad al-Hussein, said in an interview with the Blue Nile TV channel about revising the agreement signed between our countries. The reason for this was named very prosaic - the current treaty allegedly "does not correspond to the interests of Sudan." This, of course, is only a small part of the truth - and our editorial staff offers to understand in more detail what is happening.

It would be worth starting this story with the fact that for a rather long time (since 1993) Sudan was on the American list of states sponsoring terrorism. This fact seriously undermined the economy и political the position of the country, but the situation changed after the overthrow of the above-mentioned Omar al-Bashir - the new government of Khartoum went to reconciliation with the United States.

However, despite the payment of compensation to victims of terrorist attacks by the new leadership of Sudan, Washington was in no hurry to remove the country from the "black list". It happened, by a strange coincidence, only in December 2020 - the next month after the conclusion of the agreement between Moscow and Khartoum.

Then events begin to unfold more and more rapidly - US special envoy Donald Booth has arrived in Sudan. The diplomat expressed his warm support for the current transitional government, and in subsequent negotiations with Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok agreed to provide the country with a bridging loan - it was with his help that Sudan paid off its debt to the World Bank. In order not to lose the initiative, the special envoy immediately met with the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Gabriel Ibrahim - they agreed to create working conditions for large Western capital.

At the beginning of 2021, "heavy artillery" went into action - a delegation from the US African Command arrived in the country: AFRICOM's Deputy Commander for Civil-Military Cooperation, Andrew Young, and Rear Admiral Heidi Berg, Head of Naval Intelligence. During this meeting, much more interesting things were discussed - frankly, the Americans offered a number of services (training of the armed forces and law enforcement agencies, the creation of a US military base, cooperation of special services) in exchange for the elimination of the agreement between Russia and Sudan.

After these events, in April 2021, information appeared that cooperation between Moscow and Khartoum would be terminated.

Unfortunately, not enough attention was paid to it then - these data were called lies and disinformation. Despite this, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation urgently sent a delegation to Sudan - but, alas, it did not end there ...

American allies began to actively participate in the case: Sudan in its current form is of great interest to potential investors. An extremely poor country desperately needs an influx of money - and in exchange for a break with Russia, they poured a river on it.

The United Arab Emirates was one of the first to show itself - they expressed a desire to invest in Sudanese Darfur. Next - Qatar, which proposed creating an economic investment zone in the country (it is worth noting that the Prime Minister of Sudan has already given his positive response to this idea and proposed to link it with the general development of infrastructure).

Saudi Arabia also did not stand aside - it, in turn, uses lobbyists in the Sovereign Council of the Sudan, pushing through opportunities for investment in agriculture and the economy. Just the other day, the country's ambassador announced that three projects are ready for signing between Khartoum and Riyadh, including those in the field of healthcare, education and electricity. In addition, they discussed the possibilities of interaction in the development of telecommunications, animal husbandry, transport infrastructure and energy.

Of course, in no case should we forget about Turkey: on May 28, Turkish-Sudanese talks on expanding bilateral cooperation were held in Ankara. The parties discussed interaction in the field of energy, oil production, agriculture, infrastructure and transport. Turkey announced its desire to significantly increase trade between the countries, and representatives of various Turkish companies involved in the construction of roads, bridges and other infrastructure have already left for Sudan.

Ankara is planning economic expansion, building on a negotiated investment agreement worth more than $ 10 billion.

As you can easily understand, the poor African country simply could not resist in the face of the many economic benefits and international attention that the United States and its allies have bestowed on it. Despite the numerous and rather generous proposals from Moscow, Khartoum clearly preferred to choose the other side - it was simply bought out by large Western capital (this term is more than suitable for such eastern countries as Turkey and the UAE).

However, there is still hope - perhaps Russia will be able to persuade the government of Sudan to defend our base and the money already invested in the country.

Otherwise, our country, alas, will have to learn another bitter and sad lesson - and even more carefully select allies.
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  1. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 4 June 2021 09: 29
    +7
    learn another bitter and sad lesson

    When education is purchased and the family lives in another country, what lessons can we talk about. Loot drives! That's the whole lesson.
  2. Alexander K_2 Offline Alexander K_2
    Alexander K_2 (Alexander K) 4 June 2021 11: 30
    +1
    Did Russia need these bases in Sudan? Yes, I understand the bases are needed in the Far East, maybe in the North of Russia, but in the Caucasus, but what and whose interests are represented by the Russian Armed Forces Thousand Versts from the territory of the country?
    1. marciz Offline marciz
      marciz (Stas) 4 June 2021 13: 54
      0
      It's not your mind that you are only residents of Russia but not its masters !!!!
  3. Mihail55 Offline Mihail55
    Mihail55 (Michael) 4 June 2021 11: 53
    +3
    It's time to leave the ambitions of the Soviet era ... first, put things in order at home.
    We have few OWN poor ???
    1. marciz Offline marciz
      marciz (Stas) 4 June 2021 13: 56
      -3
      So you all threaten to solve your problems yourself !? Wait !!!!? We have already decided to run !!!!!))))
    2. Volder Offline Volder
      Volder 5 June 2021 22: 53
      0
      Quote: Michael55
      ... first put things in order.

      America, too, should put things in order first. But no. Having a bunch of problems, the United States does not hesitate to spread its influence in the world and solve other people's problems. Why shouldn't Russia follow an example? Or "this is different, you need to understand"? :)

      We have few OWN poor ???

      We have fewer poor and homeless people than the United States.
  4. Yuri Nemov Offline Yuri Nemov
    Yuri Nemov (Yuri Nemov) 4 June 2021 14: 30
    +2
    Russia has suffered virtually no losses in the history of the base in Sudan. But the United States with its vassals, even judging by this article, already had to invest well, and this is only at the initial stage, then there will only be more investments. And the exhaust? Quite dubious. Yes, the purchase of loyalty, for a lot of money, took place. The gamblers got excited ... According to the information in Wikipedia for 2018, 47 countries were in the category of LDCs (least developed countries). This is not a weak field for the further game of giveaway. Russia is simply required to take turns concluding agreements with these countries for the deployment of the base and, without spending a single penny, just watch how America buys loyalty for a lot of money. This process brings two gesheft at once. First, the United States weakens itself by investing in the poorest countries and tying itself to expensive contracts and scattering attention on them for years. And secondly, not without the help of Russia, there will be fewer and fewer poor countries on earth. Once again, I ask you to notice any investments from Russia. Just enchanting!
    1. Binder Offline Binder
      Binder (Miron) 4 June 2021 16: 14
      0
      Quote: Yuri Nemov
      First, the United States weakens itself by investing in the poorest countries and tying itself to expensive contracts and scattering attention on them for years. And secondly, not without the help of Russia, there will be fewer and fewer poor countries on earth.

      Firstly, the United States has money to invest in those countries that they consider suitable, and secondly, Russia does not have this money and therefore it loses to the Americans. Well, then everything is simple and old as the world - whoever dines on a girl dances her. tongue
      1. Yuri Nemov Offline Yuri Nemov
        Yuri Nemov (Yuri Nemov) 4 June 2021 16: 36
        +1
        So let the United States invest once the money is there. Let the poor countries develop, there are so many of them in the queue. And let Russia not invest, but provoke America to make such investments. And most importantly, everyone is good. America gets rid of extra money and dances Africans and Banderlog for pleasure. Russia has no money for this, we don’t invest, and we don’t dance with these guys, apparently there are other things to do besides dancing. It is very good for Africans with Banderlog, they are investing money in them, they are happy and will constantly ask for supplements. This is a wonderful scheme. The main thing is not to be interrupted, because America has a lot of money. good
        1. Petr Vladimirovich (Peter) 4 June 2021 18: 56
          0
          By the way, a great example for what is left of Somalia.
          We'll give the Russians a base in Mogadishu as we give them!
          And the loot is a river, you can no longer pirate.
          fellow
        2. Alexander K_2 Offline Alexander K_2
          Alexander K_2 (Alexander K) 5 June 2021 18: 44
          -1
          You are right, America can invest money, by the way, there is also Russian money. Yes, let him invest if there is no use for them in Russia!
      2. Pishenkov Offline Pishenkov
        Pishenkov (Alexey) 10 June 2021 12: 29
        +1
        The question is what kind of girl. Those who have serious plans for the future, it is better not to get involved with gentlemen who have girls who eat fast and dance quickly - a happy future and a serious relationship there, as a rule, do not shine. On the part of those who treat, however, with girls, who quickly agree to everything, in direct proportion to the price of the dinner, you also need to keep your eyes open - either they will divorce, or you can pick up something so that then your whole life is down the drain ... laughing
        In interstate relations, everything is about the same. And Sudan in this case is no better than the same Somalia ...
        and the RF partners, too, must be chosen more carefully - "girls" are more serious wink
        1. Binder Offline Binder
          Binder (Miron) 10 June 2021 12: 36
          -2
          Quote: Pyshenkov
          and the RF partners, too, must be chosen more carefully - "girls" are more serious

          Here, after all, the choice is mutual, for the girls, both the male stats of the partner and the thickness of his wallet matter ... The Sudanese girl preferred her American partner.
          1. Pishenkov Offline Pishenkov
            Pishenkov (Alexey) 10 June 2021 13: 24
            +1
            Here, after all, the choice is mutual, for girls both the male stats of the partner and the thickness of his wallet matter ...

            - well, if such qualities as intelligence, upbringing, common interests, etc., of a potential partner are not in the sphere of interests of a particular girl, then what she needs from him is also clear wink and the partner of such a girl is also better off not counting on a happy marriage in eternal love and fidelity. In the end, there will definitely be what I mentioned - either a banal scam, or serious problems of another plan.
            I, of course, not the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, but I would definitely not contact Sudanese girls. Neither literally nor figuratively lol
            By the way, what is going on with you there, on the Promised Land? Who is going to dance whom ???
            1. Binder Offline Binder
              Binder (Miron) 10 June 2021 14: 14
              -2
              Quote: Pyshenkov
              and what is going on with you there, on the promised land? Who is going to dance whom ???

              I do not understand the essence of your question, are you about creating a new government? So I can say with confidence - it does not matter, because this government, even if it is formed and starts work, will not last long.
              1. Pishenkov Offline Pishenkov
                Pishenkov (Alexey) 10 June 2021 19: 03
                0
                yes, yes, I mean your political perturbations. The region is dangerous ...
                1. Binder Offline Binder
                  Binder (Miron) 10 June 2021 20: 29
                  -2
                  When a real danger comes, all political games in Israel are instantly stopped, the rivals postpone their squabbles until after the war and declare their full support for the government. And if they are still barking and scolding each other there, then there is no danger.
                  1. Pishenkov Offline Pishenkov
                    Pishenkov (Alexey) 11 June 2021 00: 36
                    0
                    Well, maybe at least it works for you. And you also know how to consolidate in case of danger. It is a fact
    2. Alexey Rybalko Offline Alexey Rybalko
      Alexey Rybalko (Alexey Rybalko) 5 June 2021 05: 21
      0
      The United States invested in Germany, France, Japan, South Korea, and now the United States, and these countries have developed economies and political influence in the world! Russia invests in its oligarchy, in the type of Assad, Maduro! Russia does not need either her own, or the Sudanese, or other peoples, Russia needs show-off, which turns into troubles for the peoples!
      1. meandr51 Offline meandr51
        meandr51 (Andrei) 5 June 2021 16: 08
        0
        Economic success is limited to the list of these 4 countries. Please note that all these countries were on the first line of confrontation with the Soviet bloc. At the same time, there are 120 more "democratic" countries in the world that have used loans from the IMF and the United States. So what? Where are the successes? The answer is simple: there is not enough success for everyone! In order for the top ten to be successful, the rest must be robbed. Russia, Ukraine, Belarus are just on this list ... Do you remember the 90s when American advisers wrote decrees to Yeltsin? Perkins' book Confessions of an Economic Killer sets out this system in detail.
      2. Volder Offline Volder
        Volder 5 June 2021 22: 56
        +1
        Quote: Alexey Rybalko
        Russia does not need either her own, or the Sudanese, or other peoples, Russia needs show-off, which turns into troubles for the peoples!

        No, it certainly isn't.
      3. Pishenkov Offline Pishenkov
        Pishenkov (Alexey) 10 June 2021 12: 37
        +2
        The United States invested in Germany, France, Japan, South Korea

        - what did they put into them? Or buying up enterprises and funds for a penny at a time when these countries were in a desperate situation, is it now called that?
        These countries, both in themselves and before the "investments" of the United States, were more than developed. Until the USA or with the help of the USA defeated them ...

        Russia does not need either her own, or the Sudanese, or other peoples, Russia needs show-off, which turns into troubles for the peoples!

        - and after that you are not ashamed to communicate in Russian? To such a correct one who has received his sight? Can at the same time list a couple of countries and peoples to whom Russia has brought trouble? As for the United States, the list is long enough, starting with the same Germany and Japan, by the way ...
    3. n.taratuhin Offline n.taratuhin
      n.taratuhin (Nikolay Taratukhin) 5 June 2021 15: 21
      +1
      I think that it is necessary to develop bases in Venezuela and Cuba, while Sudan can wait.
      1. meandr51 Offline meandr51
        meandr51 (Andrei) 5 June 2021 16: 09
        0
        You don't need to develop anything. There are 350 personnel for refueling and servicing ships. Nothing else is needed.
  5. Everyone remembers the words of the famous viral video ..?))

    Who are you..? let's goodbye..!

    Apparently, the Russians still like to believe that they are welcome somewhere ..))
    And that, in fact, someone in the world still considers the Russian boot manna to be heavenly ...
    1. akarfoxhound Offline akarfoxhound
      akarfoxhound 4 June 2021 23: 01
      0
      But for Banderzians, the overseas boot is especially tasty! tongue
      About the variety of options for the joy of stirring under the client, the Sumerians are out of competition! laughing
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    3. You need Offline You need
      You need (You need) 5 June 2021 13: 31
      0
      ... Saltovchanin ... How right you are. Here, next to the main characters of another once-viral video: "Points nada" base and build in your territory, and not climb where you get.
    4. meandr51 Offline meandr51
      meandr51 (Andrei) 5 June 2021 16: 12
      0
      Emotional you are ours ... There are just a couple of diesel fuel tanks and a warehouse of spare parts. What difference does it make if they are happy with them or not? We need to supply ships there. It is better to strangle Barmaleev on the spot than in Russia.
    5. Volder Offline Volder
      Volder 5 June 2021 23: 02
      +1
      Quote: Kharkiv resident - Saltovchanin
      Apparently, the Russians still like to believe that they are welcome somewhere ..))

      In your article, they chewed on why Africans are happy with the United States and its allies. Simply because they all offered more goodies and gingerbread than Russia alone. If not, the Africans and Russia would be happy.
  6. Shavkat Kuvatov Offline Shavkat Kuvatov
    Shavkat Kuvatov (Shavkat Kuvatov) 4 June 2021 22: 06
    +2
    It was not difficult to predict this. Another question - and someone will answer for this from the warriors? Moreover, options for replacing Sudan with some other African country have already appeared in the press. Like Djibouti, where even without us there is enough PMTO from other countries, including China. Do we need this AFrika, utterly beggar and able to betray you at the first opportunity.
    1. Petr Vladimirovich (Peter) 4 June 2021 22: 50
      +1
      this AFrica, impoverished

      This is strong ...
    2. meandr51 Offline meandr51
      meandr51 (Andrei) 5 June 2021 16: 13
      +1
      We don't need Africa. We need our supply base for an important defense belt for Russia.
  7. Kuramori Reika Offline Kuramori Reika
    Kuramori Reika (Kuramori Reika) 5 June 2021 07: 42
    +1
    It will be as always, as with Bulgaria. The base will disappear, the projects will be canceled.
    1. You need Offline You need
      You need (You need) 5 June 2021 13: 33
      0
      Money to the wind.
  8. Kuramori Reika Offline Kuramori Reika
    Kuramori Reika (Kuramori Reika) 5 June 2021 07: 44
    0
    Keep it simple. Hire 30 tankers and sand and build your island with Captain Jack and boats.
    1. You need Offline You need
      You need (You need) 5 June 2021 13: 17
      -1
      ... Kuramori ... Ha, ha, gee, gee. To settle there the Wagneros and all sorts of ichtamnets. So that the Americans do not kill them the second time, as it was once in Syria. They will be more whole on their own loose island. Why barges with sand. The barges must be filled with slop and garbage. There is nowhere to put it in Russia.
  9. You need Offline You need
    You need (You need) 5 June 2021 13: 01
    -1
    I think the situation is such that we need to think about Russian bases in Siberia, and not about Sudan or some other limpompo. And as soon as possible, return everyone from everywhere and settle the military closer to China.
  10. duschman80-81 Offline duschman80-81
    duschman80-81 (Sergei) 5 June 2021 21: 48
    0
    And how much does Sudan owe us or has Putin already forgiven all the debts?
  11. nikson Offline nikson
    nikson (Alex) 6 June 2021 03: 48
    0
    This is a gold mine: everyone who wants investment, concludes an agreement with Russia on the construction of the base, investments immediately flow like a river, Russia will roll back, and I get a percentage of the rollback for an idea.
  12. volk.bosiy Offline volk.bosiy
    volk.bosiy (Volk Bosiy) 7 June 2021 18: 15
    0
    I never noticed my psychic abilities, but about this base I was "tormented by vague doubts" from the very beginning ...
  13. Alexander Pankov (Alexander Pankow) 8 June 2021 23: 40
    0
    From a military, strategic point of view: what was the purpose of this base?