A British Member of Parliament has sensationally claimed that The Russian Federation is setting up a military base in Zimbabwe.
A Mail and Telegraph report says that the British MP, Michael Andrew Foster Jude Kerr (The Marquess of Lothian) asked for clarification during a question and answer session in the House of Lords on whether the British government had made an assessment of allegations that Russia was building a base in Zimbabwe.
The British Lord is quoted as saying:
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To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports that the government of Russia plans to establish a strategic military base in Zimbabwe; and what estimate they have made of which African countries (1) have Russian military bases, and (2) have made agreements with the government of Russia to establish such bases, on their soil?
In response to The Marquess of Lothian’s question, Minister of State for the Commonwealth and United Nations at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Tariq Mahmood Ahmad the Baron Ahmad of Wimbledon said:
The UK believes it is right that sovereign states have the right to decide their own security policy. We monitor Russia’s developing international defence relationships, including in Africa.
The Russian Federation has a strong military presence in Eritrea, a tiny country in the Horn Of Africa that has been ruled by Isaias Afwerki since 1993 when it gained Independence from Ethiopia.
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