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Russia claims US interest in S. Sudan motivated by oil


By Toby Collins

Janurary 16, 2012 (LONDON) – Russian state media claim that the US backed the secession of South Sudan and offers it military support because it wants the nascent state’s oil.

Mouthpiece for the Russian Ministry of Defence, Krasnaya Zvezda (KZ), published an article on 12 January claiming the US administration has sent five senior military advisers to Juba for “information gathering, strategic planning and development of military operations“ [translation] and has approved the sale of military equipment to South Sudan.

The US has been a vocal proponent of South Sudan, a oil-rich state which gained its independence on 9 July 2011.

KZ claim that US president, Barack Obama, wrote to secretary of state, Hilary Clinton stating that the sale of arms to South Sudan is in the security interests of the US.

KZ’s suggestion that “Western companies have almost absolute control over the oil resources of the country“ [translation] is less plausible as the dominance of the Sudanese and South Sudanese oil sectors by Eastern companies is well documented.

However, it is probable that Western companies intend to stake a claim in the South Sudanese oil sector.

KZ cite the deployment of 7,000 UN peacekeepers in South Sudan and the 100 US Special Forces troops assisting the Ugandan army in the fight against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) as indicative of the US intention to stake a claim in the state.

The US pays the lion’s share of the UN’s budget and is one of the organisations most significant players.

The LRA is a militia hailing from northern Ugandan. Their demands and agenda have become amorphous; which has impeded negotiations. They have been the scourge of the region, including South Sudan, for a decade and previous attempts to kill or capture the LRA leader, who has an International Criminal Court warrant against his name, have failed.

The Russian article was picked up by state media, Sudanese Media Centre, keen to highlight instances of anti-South Sudanese and American sentiment in the international press.

Relations between Sudan and Russia are cordial. Russia officially backed that April 2010 elections which received widespread international support and there are allegations that it has broken international trade embargoes by supplying Sudan with arms.

Reports of a secret meeting between the Russian envoy to Sudan and a South Sudanese delegation in Israel, ahead of the country’s secession, did not allude to its content.


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  • 17 January 2012 06:25, by Lorolokin

    Russia ,

    And what is wrong with that otherwise it is in the best interest of South Sudan and above all USA helped the born of CPA that resulted to the Independence of our beloved country.
    To hell with you Russia , and Chinese. shit!

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    • 17 January 2012 06:53, by Jeti Chiteng-Liu

      So what...? You are all motivated by oil in the South and this includes you Rusia, USA, China, Israel and many more.

      Jeti Chiteng-Liu,
      Pyongyang, North Korea

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  • 17 January 2012 06:37, by $iong mayom

    well atleast the US does not supply weapons to our enemies in Khartoum. Russia has no room in South Sudan affairs due to its hostile behaviour towards the state of South Sudan. We were going to sell the oil anyway so why can’t the US help us produce it efficiently and what follows is a bonus to South Sudan. Russia
    should stop suppressing its own citizens instead of jumping shores to Africa.

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  • 17 January 2012 06:45, by George Bol

    Russian has been selling gunships, helicopters, machine guns, and all kind of warplanes to the North for years,but now why do Russian open mouth when the South Sudan attempt to have manpower like the North Sudan. Was Russia have interest when selling weapons to the Khartoum during the war?

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  • 17 January 2012 06:50, by Letigolight

    What is wrong with that, instead of apologising to the people of South Sudan about your direct involvement during the war in the former Sudan through Russian pilots dominating in Sudan’s airforce, you are accusing the United States of standing in solidarity with the poeple of South Sudan, shame on you - poor human rights record, failed advancement of communism to Africa!

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    • 17 January 2012 06:58, by Ruach

      Russia.What are you talking about?We don’t need Russia & China who killed S.Sudanese during the war & u are still even killing us.Respect our sovereign rights

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  • 17 January 2012 06:57, by Lang

    “Western companies have almost absolute control over the oil resources of the country“
    Stupid Russians and their propaganda! GOSS just signed oil contracts with ASIAN countries not western countries!

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  • 17 January 2012 06:58, by Letigolight

    They are grumbling they know they will not have investment opportunities in South Sudan, the US is not the problem, you have poor records of supporting rogue regimes to the extent of supporting the Asad regime in Syria even though the whole world condemned killing of civilians,you supported Bashir’s government that is now shrinking and will be gone, Asad will be gone and you will finally be alone!

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  • 17 January 2012 09:01, by Martin Kat

    Russian are the one who have been supporting Bashir in all this times by selling weapones now are using for killing innocent people of S. Sudan, Darfur, Nuba and Blue Nile. That is why they have sabotage the USA not to help people of S. Sudan because they are going to lose a lot.
    Russia is the one of 5 members of UNSC but it is a parasitic sucking a blood of weak people around the glob.

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  • 17 January 2012 10:35, by Darkangel

    The Russian article was picked up by state media, Sudanese Media Centre, keen to highlight instances of anti-South Sudanese and American sentiment in the international press.

    Isnt that what Sudantribune does to Sudan. Copy and paste any anti-sudan article on western media’s. what hypocrites !

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  • 17 January 2012 11:00, by mosa mel

    Russian still providing guns to civillian in South Sudan by UN helicaptors. Russian government better shut up and leave us alone. Russian government and China government killed more that 2 millions S Sudanese. we don’t need your concern in our affairs please.

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    • 17 January 2012 11:45, by Martin Kat

      Thank you brother Mosa mel for your comment, God create People of South Sudan without Russian and we shall continous to live without Russian till the end of the earth instead they do always suck our blood as a parasite. Let them packing their belonging and go back to their own country. But what I know they come back again because they have no food apart from others countries like our S. Sudan.

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  • 17 January 2012 20:30, by never

    Russian need to shot their ass up. they are the one who let bhashire invaded s Sudan boarders all this time. just like the way they have invaded Georgia last year. i am also concerning that USA will not equip our military personal.

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  • 17 January 2012 21:45, by Elijah B. Elkan

    Russia is corrupted, weak country and very poor. Crime in Russia is the highest in the world. There are no laws in their cities. The African in Russia are being killed everyday and the government is doing absolutely nothing to protect minorities. Khartoum is useless, and Bashir is the world most wanted criminal and he should hang.

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  • 18 January 2012 13:39, by Sudan virus

    There is time for every thing in this world!

    Russia supported Khartoum regime to carry out Jihad against us and marginalize us Southerns because of our oil which had been under Khartoum regime since the fake independent of Sudan.

    What is wrong with us receiving support from US? We Will sell our oil to US at a relatively low price than any other countries in the world.

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