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Lavrov Discusses Science, Economics and Trade with Angolan Leaders

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EIRNS—In the press conference he gave yesterday, after meeting separately with Angolan President Joao Lourenco and Foreign Minister Tete Antonio, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stressed Russia’s desire to expand its relations with Angola “despite the illegal pressure coming from the United States and its allies.” He told Lourenco that an immediate goal is to prepare a meeting of the Russia-Angola Intergovernmental Commission on Economic and Scientific Technical Cooperation and Trade.

In the context of discussing how the West is using Ukraine to promote Nazism to wage hybrid war against Russia, Lavrov emphasized that his government and Angola’s had shared assessments on the “unprecedented pressure” that Western nations exert on developing nations in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Lavrov said that President Putin has charged that these are the same colonial methods that the West previously used to exploit developing nations, which continues today, by plundering their resources.

Lavrov pointedly noted that since the “owners” of the current global monetary and financial system are unable to negotiate anything, developing nations are creating their own mechanisms to ensure sustainable development “protected from outside dictates.” New initiatives were just recently mentioned, he said, related to the need to start thinking about creating separate currencies within the BRICS and in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, which will be discussed at the August summit of the BRICS.

Similar issues were discussed with Foreign Minister Antonio on the need to reach top-level agreements to build up political, trade, economic, military-technical, and humanitarian cooperation. Lavrov pointed to the launching of Angola’s AngoSat-2 satellite, which he said “allows us to continue cooperating in the peaceful exploration of outer space and other high-tech areas.” AngoSat-2 is a product of Roscosmos’s Reshetnev Satellite Information Systems and was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Oct. 12, 2022. [crr]