Sudan delegation heads to Russia amid crisis, visits to advance bilateral relations

Authorities stated that a panel of senior Sudanese officials, in which the deputy leader is not involved in the country’s military-led ruling council, is headed to Russia for talks on cooperation.

Sudan has found itself increasingly isolated since an October 25 coup that has seen foreign aid cut as part of the global community’s response to the military takeover.

According to the tweet by the deputy chairman of the transitional Sovereignty Council, General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo’ with their visit, they are hoping to make their relationships better between Sudan and Russia to broader horizons as well as strengthen the existing cooperation between us in various fields.

Dagalo, also known as Hemeti and commands Sudan’s powerful paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, was part of an October 25 military seizure that dropped the country into political and economic unrest and drew wide international condemnation.

The visits of officials come at a time of testing for both countries. Russia is facing new Western Boycotts after ordering troops into eastern Ukraine; meanwhile, the United States has threatened Sudan’s military with boycotts in the wake of the coup.

The East African country is heavenly dependent on foreign aid and their investment. Its currency has begun dropping on the black market in recent weeks.

The Sovereign Council stated that some Sudanese representatives visit Moscow fell “with the motive they carried that will exchange views and discuss ways to develop and strengthen their cooperation between Sudan and Russia.

As per the resources, Daglo is attended on the trip by the country’s finance, energy, agriculture and mining ministers and the head of the Sudanese chambers of commerce.

Facebook took down accounts last year that stated Dagalo’s influence and had links to the Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA).

According to an independent group of doctors, the country has been rocked by regular anti-coup protests that have been met by a crackdown that has killed dozens of people and wounded hundreds.

General al-Burhan also visited Russia in 2019; in December, after visiting Russia, he stated that the relations with Moscow were strong and that an agreement on a Russian naval base on the country’s Red Sea coast was under discussion.

Somewhere, Sudan’s military was also dependent on Russia for several decades when Washingon imposed the boycotts against the al-Bashir government. But since his 2019 move, Sudan has moved closer to the United States, which removed Khartoum from its crippling blacklist in 2020.