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Title:War in Angola: A Soviet Dimension
Authors:Shubin, Vladimir
Tokarev, Andrei
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Geographic terms:Angola
Soviet Union
Subjects:foreign policy
military assistance
Military, Defense and Arms
Politics and Government
international relations
External links:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03056240108704569
Abstract:This article addresses the political and military relationship between the Soviet Union and Angola between 1961 and 1991. On the basis of newly available archival material and interviews it examines some of the problems between the two countries. Soviet involvement in Angola and its support for the MPLA strained Moscow's relations with the West and with Washington in particular. It is a paradox that of all the liberation movements in southern Africa it was the MPLA that had a complex and at times far from rosy relationship with Moscow. Although relations between the USSR and the US did play a role in Moscow's decisionmaking on southern Africa, the Soviets did not regard assistance to the liberation movements and African Frontline States as simply waging 'the Cold War'. In the language of those days, these actions were regarded as part of the world 'anti-imperialist struggle', which was waged by the 'national liberation movements', the 'Socialist community' and the 'working class of capitalist countries'. Finally, extracts from the diary of a Soviet veteran serving in the 'battle of Cuito-Cuanavale' in 1987-1988 are presented and the Soviet contribution to the completion of talks on the so-called Angolan-Namibian settlement and the 1988 New York agreements is discussed. Bibliogr., sum.