Between Burundi and Russia, relations are in good shape. The Russian authorities reaffirmed this on Tuesday (November 5th) as the country welcomes Burundi Foreign Minister Ezekiel Nigibira. Tired by Westerners for alleged violations of human rights, Burundi can still count on Russia.
This is the clear message sent by Russian Foreign Minister Serguei Lavrov to his Burundian counterpart. According to the Russian government news agency Tass, Moscow considers the « foreign interference in the internal affairs of this country (Burundi) » to be « inadmissible », while a new UN report accuses the Youth League of party in power of terrible human rights violations. The Imbonerakure, as it is called, has been guilty of murder, disappearances, arbitrary arrests and detentions, torture and rape.
Charges firmly denied by the Burundian authorities again last week, before the UN Security Council where Russia had openly supported the country of East Africa.
Burundi is preparing for a presidential election in 2020 at which the current head of state Pierre Nkurunziza announced not to run. While the security and political climate is described as deleterious by the Western powers, Bujumbura believes that these elections will be democratic and transparent. Tuesday in Moscow, the head of Burundian diplomacy has also called Russian businessmen to invest in his country.