Russia slams France's 'historical egotism' in Africa, asserts diplomatic presence
Russia has denounced France's "egotist" behavior in Africa and has urged the country to recognize its peace efforts in the continent at the United Nations Security Council.
Speaking to the council on Thursday, Russian Deputy Ambassador Dmitry Polyanski urged France to "set aside historical complexes, egotism and parochial national interests."
"We are pro-actively helping the CAR, knowingly with the support of the people and we would like our efforts to be duly reflected in the French draft," said Polyanski.
The comments come after France presented a draft resolution countering a recent Russian peace initiative for the Central African Republic, arguing that any presented settlement has to be led by the African Union.
"There must be no ambiguity about the central role of the African Union initiative, as asserted in our draft resolution," French Ambassador Francois Delattre told the council.
Furthermore, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also denounced France's Africa policy last week, accusing the country of illegal control over the former colony island of Mayotte, north of Madagascar.
Russia has signaled its intent to increase influence in Africa, a move seen by France as meddling in its former colonies.