Russian President Vladimir Putin, at the Russia-Africa Summit in St. Petersburg, talked about how the balance of global power is shifting as Africa gains political and economic momentum. The comments made by Putin pointed to a waning influence of historically dominant nations.
Putin said that Africa is establishing itself as a new global powerhouse, with its political and economic clout expanding significantly. Acknowledging this shift, he said, is an unavoidable truth.
At the Russia-Africa Summit, Putin argued that even though the vestiges of colonialism persist, especially from the past imperial powers impacting economic, informational, and humanitarian spheres, the age of a single or a few dominant nations is in decline.
President Putin conveyed that the dominance phase by a single state or a group of states is diminishing, despite opposition from entities attempting to uphold their monopoly in global affairs.
Putin affirmed Russia’s commitment to deepening its relationships with African nations, terming it as a natural evolution. Despite the challenging global market conditions, trade between Russia and Africa continues to grow and hasn’t yet reached its full potential, he noted.
Putin highlighted that Russia and African countries often share or align closely on significant issues in terms of international politics. He emphasized their collective aspiration to shape a more equitable global order and uphold international law.
Addressing coercive practices, Putin declared, “We oppose the use of climate issues, the protection of human rights, and the so-called gender agenda for unseemly political purposes.”
Putin criticized illegal practices such as unilateral sanctions and restrictive measures, which he deems harmful to nations striving for an independent course and a hurdle to global economic development.
He concluded by noting the shared commitment between Russia and Africa to uphold genuine sovereignty and the right to their unique development paths across various domains.
Putin clarified that this quest for independence does not signify self-isolation but encourages stronger connections with other sovereign nations.
On its second day, the summit hosted 49 African delegations, including 17 heads of state. The event is designed to bolster cooperation between Moscow and Africa, focusing on peace, security, and development goals.