Russia inks deal to open naval base in Sudan

Late on Monday, Vladimir Putin signed the agreement to create a Russian naval base in Sudan — Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik/Kremlin pool

Vladimir Putin agreed to the establishment, by extending the global military presence and cementing his security relations with the African Nations, of Russia's first naval base in the Indian Ocean.

The Sudanese facility will be the second Russian naval base in the Mediterranean after the Syrian Tartous and will be able to host up to four combat vessels and 300 workers.

The deal signed by Mr Putin at the end of Monday, is being discussed with Sudanese officials for months.

In a statement last week the Russian Government stressed that the facility is "built for security, aims to hold the area peace and stability and poses no danger to other countries."

The declaration was made in rejoicing at the Russian army ready to restore the global dominance of the Soviet Union.

"It is time for us to rehouse our naval existence," said Admiral Vladimir Komoyedov, former leader of the Black Sea Fleet, to Interfax news service.

In recent years Russia has moved Africa with major diplomacy and has offered the degree to which local leaders will remove their sovereign debt from the Cold War funding scheme of the Soviet Union.

According to Maxim Suchkov, a non-resident scholar at the Middle Eastern Institute, Russia's Port Sudan office, which is close to major transport ties and oil infrastructure, will provide a good leverage for Russia in talks with major powers like Saudi Arabia.

Mr. Suchkov told the Telegraph, "The bases don't constitute a big military war, but will render Russia a power to be accounted for in the area.

Major foreign powers have battled to establish control in the northeast African nation after Islamic tyrant Omar al-Bashir was overthrown in April last year by the widespread revolution.

Diplomats claim that the time is now crucial to get a foothold in Sudan, a strategic place along the Red Sea that connects Asia to Europe, as a shaky coalition between civil officials and large factions of military force govern the nation with elections possible late in 2022.

England is one of the countries in Khartoum secretly seeking to achieve power.

In June, the United Kingdom declared it will invest £150 million on "reforming the economy of the world, stabilizing inflation and alleviating poverty."

The declaration by Russia is possibly in Washington to lift alarm bells.

Last month, the United States excluded Sudan from its registry of countries to fund extremism, endorsing al-Qaeda, and also hosting Mr Ben Laden for Christian abuse by Mr al-Bashir.

With Sudan excluded from the list, the nation will eventually get rid of sanctions for decades which have hamstrung its economy.

Turkey would also be hard hit by the creation of Russian basic news.

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had clear links to the regime of Mr Bashir that allowed Turkey in 2017 to construct the new naval dock on the old Ottoman port of Suakin.

But Turkey's plans to re-establish itself in the Red Sea have stalled, after Mr Bashir is expelled.

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