The Polisario Front announced on Tuesday that it is not attending the Russia-Africa Summit which is scheduled to open on Wednesday in Sochi. The event is the first of its kind in the history of Russian-African relations, and not the African Union.
Russian diplomacy is preparing for the October deadline in the Security Council on the Sahara issue. On Wednesday, 4 September, the Chargé d'Affaires at the Moscow Embassy in Rabat, Maksim Ganzei, met in the capital with the Commander of MINURSO Peacekeepers, Force Commander Zia Ur Rehman.
The Sahara conflict requires a consensual solution in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions and with the involvement of all parties concerned, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday in Rabat.
Russia has once again distanced itself from the maneuvers of Algiers and its proxy, the Polisario, by stating that only a political solution would settle the regional dispute over Morocco’s southern provinces.