| 21 April 2024, Sunday |

Russia surprised by attempts to link cooperation with Ethiopia on Renaissance Dam

Moscow  called for not politicizing the Renaissance Dam,  in order to avoid causing tension among the different sides of the issue, meanwhile the Russian Foreign Ministry has rejected attempts to link Moscow’s techno-military cooperation with Addis Ababa.

According to a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry, Russia urged the ongoing differences among Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt to be resolved based on the declaration of principles agreement made in Khartoum in 2015, and the understandings reached by the three countries.

“We think that the tripartite negotiation mechanism, brokered by the African Union, is able to get acceptable solutions, but it has not been implemented yet,” the statement confirmed.

The statement added: “We were surprised by the attempts to link our cooperation with Ethiopia with the uneasy and lengthy negotiations among Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia. We call for not politicizing the construction of Ennahda Plant for hydroelectric energy in order to avoid a potential tension among the countries connected with this issue.”

In July, Russia and Ethiopia signed a military cooperation agreement that, according to a Russian statement: “Will be focusing on transforming capacity of the [Ethiopian] national defence force in knowledge, skill and technology spheres.”