Farmajo seeks help from Russia after U.S. threatened sanctions 

On Thursday, April 15, Somalia's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Balal Osman, a close ally of Farmajo held a meeting with Russian Envoy to Somalia and Djibouti Mikhail Golovanov at Mogadishu Airport.

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Farmajo seeks help from Russia after U.S. threatened sanctions 

MOGADISHU, Somalia – The outgoing Somali president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo is currently facing uncertainty after the U.S. and EU announced that he risks facing sanctions and visa restrictions if it fails to return to the poll talks.

The headache of Farmajo began last Monday, April 12 following Lower House's vote for a bill that illegally extended the president’s rule for two more years, drawing a quick international condemnation.

To get a way out of this ambiguity, the office of the president launched a campaign to resist the growing criticism from within the country and abroad by reaching out to Russia, the arch-foe of the United States.

On Thursday, April 15, Somalia's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Balal Osman, a close ally of Farmajo held a meeting with Russian Envoy to Somalia and Djibouti Mikhail Golovanov at Mogadishu Airport.

A statement from the ministry of foreign affairs said both sides have discussed a range of issues, mainly ways to strengthen the relationship between the two countries amid straining ties with Washington.

As Farmajo’s diplomatic engagement with the western countries led by the U.S., it is believed that the time has come for the leader to unleash his long-time plan to shift his ties with Russia and China.

The latest rhetoric of the Chinese and Russia against the west appears to be pre-planned as Somalia joins Ethiopia, Djibouti, and Eritrea, which have already developed relations with Moscow and Beijing.

The former Soviet Union’s relationship with Somalia collapsed during the 1977-78 war with Ethiopia over the Ogaden region. After more than 4 decades, Russian’s geopolitical presence in the Horn of Africa is experiencing a resurgence.

Somalia is a larger country of greater geographic, symbolic and political importance in Africa, where the U.S. and other western nations are competing against Turkey to have military bases and political influence.

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