It is very important and significant that Russia and its African partners are talking not only about business, not only about the economy, not only about investments, but also about humanitarian projects, education and the search for that joint future <…> where everything will be implemented based on the win-win strategy and where one partner will not take advantage of the temporary weaknesses of another — Alexander Malkevich, President, Foundation for National Values Protection; Chairman, Commission of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation on Development of the Information Community, Mass Media and Mass Communications.
The vision of Africa's history and future should not be based on the French neo-colonial point of view. The Russian point of view is quite different: it is the logic of mutually beneficial cooperation, in particular, cooperation between private enterprises of our countries — Nathalie Yamb, Executive Adviser, Liberty and Democracy for the Republic Party (LIDER) of the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire.
The fact that Russia has never been a metropolis makes up our approach to our foreign partners. Our foreign policy concept does not have and never had any provisions that would impose our cultural values, standards of democracy and so on. We always respect the sovereignty of our partners. In this sense, it is much more beneficial for African countries to cooperate with Russia — Anton Morozov, Deputy of the State Duma, Member of the Committee on International Affairs.