Африканский союз и Россия
The creation of a new continental organization - the African Union, - the authors pointed out, opened new prospects for developing Russia's relations with African countries. It became an important step towards the realization of the concept of African unity under present conditions. The study of the basic documents and activities of the AU SUMMARIES OF MAJOR ARTICLES223 proves the commitment of African leaders to unite political and economic forces of the continent. During first years of its existence the African Union made major efforts in formation of its working organs, settlement of conflicts, mobilization of international resources for realization of integration projects. The AU' s main goals and directions of activities are consonant to Russia's aims and priorities on the international arena and on the African continent in particular. Of importance for Russia are co-operation with Africa and its continental organization in the political sphere, especially for countering the attempts of certain forces to isolate Russia, in ensuring of peace and security in Africa, in the filed of natural resources, energy and transport. Co-operation in the field of education and science should receive a new impulse as well. However the work in these directions can be productive, in the authors' opinion, only if some conditions are met: the Russian state and Russian society should take decisive steps to uproot all manifestations of racism, to develop an attitude of respect to Africa and to get rid of paternalism.