From August 15 to 18, in Moscow, the tenth conference on international security was once again an opportunity for Russian military diplomacy to strengthen its ties with delegations from the continent. Among the latter, there was in particular that of Kinshasa, President Felix Tshisekedi having hurried his minister of defence, Gilbert Kabanda Lukemba.
The latter thus spoke with the Deputy Minister of Defense of Vladimir Poutine, Alexander Fomin, visited several arms stands and made remarks that did not go unnoticed. “The Russian Federation, as a good friend, has always refrained from blackmailing us, blaming or subjective sanctions”, he underlined in particular during his trip.
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Main collaborator of the Minister of Defence, Sergei Shoigu, for African issues, Alexander Fomin is the privileged interlocutor of many delegations from the continent. In recent years, he has notably exchanged with the former Ivorian minister Hamed Bakayoko (died in March 2021) but also, more recently, with the Malian colonel sound camera.
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This trip by Gilbert Kabanda Rukemba to Moscow comes especially as Russia tries, especially since the resurgence of the M23 in eastern DRC, to position itself as a potential arms supplier to equip a Congolese army with significant needs. The charge d’affaires of the Russian Embassy in the DRC, Viktor Tokmakovhas thus made it officially known on several occasions to advisers and members of the government of Félix Tshisekedi.