Namibia–Russia relations

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Namibia–Russia relations



Namibia–Russia relations refers to the bilateral relationship between the Namibia and the Russian Federation. Namibia has an embassy in Moscow and Russia has an embassy in Windhoek. Samuel Mbambo is the Namibian representative in Moscow, while Russia is represented in Windhoek by Nicolai Gribkov.

Russian–SWAPO relations[edit]

The Soviet Union along with both Angola and Cuba gave significant amounts of aid to the freedom fighters, the rightful land owners in both Zimbabwe and Namibia in order to oppose the white minorities who oppressed the local inhabitants.[citation needed] Many leaders of the SWAPO movement in Namibia received training in the Soviet Union. Among these includes President Hifikepunye Pohamba,[1] Petrus Iilonga,[2] Erkki Nghimtina[3] and Ngarikutuke Tjiriange.[4] With the end of South African unpopular apartheid rule in Namibia in 1990, the Soviet Union and its successor state Russia established diplomatic relations with the country.

Post-independence relations[edit]

Relations between Namibia and Russia were considered "excellent" in 2006 by then-Namibian Minister of Education Nangolo Mbumba, while Russia expressed a desire for even stronger relations, particularly in the economic field. Also in 2006, the Namibia-Russia Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation was officially opened during a visit by Russian Natural Resources Minister Yuri Trutnev to Windhoek. During said visit, the Minister said Russia was interested in investing in oil, hydro-electric power and tourism.[5] In 2007, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov held discussions with Namibian Deputy Prime Minister Nahas Angula and President Hifikepunye Pohamba in regards to the possibility of developing Namibia's significant uranium deposits with an aim towards creating a nuclear power plant in the country.[6] In 2008, Trutnev returned to Namibia, this time to Swakopmund, to meet at the third annual Intergovernmental Commission. Top foreign ministry official Marco Hausiku and his deputy Lempy Lucas represented Namibia in discussions with Trutnev.[7]

In June 2009, Dmitry Medvedev became the first Russian head of state to visit Namibia. Medvedev was accompanied by Russian businessmen, with a view to sign deals on diamonds and energy.[8]


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