MOSCOW, October 12. /TASS/. Russia, unlike the Western countries, does not view the African continent as a raw materials base and has an objective of strengthening the sovereignty of the countries on the continent in the spheres of politics, economy and energy, a Russian diplomat said on Wednesday.
"We [unlike the Western countries], do not view the African continent as a raw materials base for our economy," Russian Foreign Ministry’s Ambassador-at-Large and head of the Secretariat of the Russia-Africa Partnership Forum Oleg Ozerov said speaking at the Russian Energy Week international forum.
"We believe that the task of Russia and African states is to strengthen the African sovereignty in the spheres of politics, economy and energy, which means the formation of independent facilities regarding not only the production of energy resources, but their local processing as well," he added.