For more than 20 years, the Russian and Chinese authorities have sharply criticized the United States, but also Great Britain and France, for the deployment of foreign military bases, whether in Asia or Africa. Yet in 2017, Beijing inaugurated a major Chinese naval base in the small African state of Djibouti, which already hosts an American base and a French base. As for Russia, it signed, on November 6, an agreement with the Sudanese authorities of Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman al-Burhan, for deploy a large naval base on the Indian Ocean coast, as Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin announced at the end of last week.
The new base will permanently accommodate 300 civilian and military personnel attached to the Russian armed forces, and will have the function of providing a point of support and rest for naval units operating in the Indian Ocean, which until now had to return to the Pacific in Vladivostok, or in the Mediterranean in Tartous, to be able to dock in a Russian port. This naval base will obviously have significant infrastructure, since it is announced that it will be able to simultaneously receive 4 warships, including the nuclear cruisers of the Russian Navy, the famous Kirov.
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