The troubled game that Paul Biya plays with Vladimir Poutine and with Emmanuel Macron

The troubled game that Paul Biya plays with Vladimir Poutine and with Emmanuel Macron

N Melo
by N Melo
July 25, 2022 0

The troubled game that Paul Biya plays with Vladimir Poutine and with Emmanuel Macron

Eight years after the illegal annexation of Crimea and the start of the conflict in eastern Ukraine in 2014, the Russian Federation launched an invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022. Faced with this situation, France is mobilized to achieve an immediate ceasefire on the part of Russia. It remains in solidarity with the Ukrainians and undertakes, alongside the other Member States of the European Union, to adopt sanctions against Russia, to increase the price of war and influence the choices of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

And that is France’s position. A few months ago, Cameroon signed an agreement with Russia in the midst of the war against Ukraine. The document signed by the Cameroonian and Russian Ministers of Defense enshrines military cooperation between the two countries for a period of five years. Renewable… revealed the magazine Jeune Afrique.

Signed on April 12, its purpose is to develop military cooperation between the armed forces of the two countries, namely: exchanges of information, training and training of troops, sharing of experience and joint activities. fight against terrorism or maritime piracy.

Concretely, this cooperation will take the form of official visits, participation in military exercises, exchange of specialists or organization of events.

The signing of this new defense agreement between Cameroon and Russia, at the end of April, would have shaken the offices of the Quai d’Orsay, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which sent its director for Africa to the Cameroonian capital at the beginning of May. .

Christophe Bigot, Macron’s “Monsieur Afrique”, who has made no statement on his visit to Yaoundé, met with the Prime Minister of the Cameroonian government, Joseph Dion Ngute, at the beginning of the first week of May. According to the official version reported by the Cameroonian pro-government media, the meeting focused on economic and cultural cooperation, as well as the fight against terrorism. No mention was made of Russia or the defense agreement signed in April.

Contrary to this version, the local media claim that Bigot’s visit is entirely motivated by the handshake between Yaoundé and Moscow. In the context of the war in Ukraine, France fears a new rapprochement between Russia and Cameroon. France would struggle to maintain its influence in its former colonies in Africa, which today form an international community known as “Françafrique”, which has traditionally favored partnerships with Paris over other governments.

So it is difficult to believe another version other than that linked to the will of French President Emmanuel Macron to requalify France’s agreements with Cameroon but without Russia which would try to “liberate” the former French colonies from the grip of their former colonizer.

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