Equatorial Guinea–Russia relations
In the 1970s, the Soviet Union and Equatorial Guinea signed numerous agreements, mostly relating to fishing rights. In the 1970s, Communist countries moved in and the USSR concluded with Equatorial Guinea the notorious fishing agreement which gave them exclusive rights in the area. In return the Soviets gave Equatorial Guinea 4,000 tons of what one contemporary observed to be very inferior and even putrefying fish.
In the 1970s a surveillance base set up by the Spanish during the colonial period on top of the volcanic mountain Pico Basilé was taken over by Soviet intelligence services.
Recent Russian developments in Equatorial Guinea
Gazprom has been involved in recent gas exploration.
- Annual Review of Equatorial Guinea for the Year 1979’. Foreign and Colonial Office, London, 1980. TNA FCO 65/2298. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
- http://www.gazprom.com/about/production/reserves/ Retrieved 6 October 2013.