In the past couple of years, Moscow reduced foriegn debt and saved money to fight any eventuality. But it will need much more to fight its economic woes.
As fears of a global recession grow as a result of the Covid-19 spread, African countries, along with the World Bank, have issued calls for a moratorium on debt payments.
Beijing is often accused of using loans to entrap economically vulnerable countries, but on closer inspection, it doesn't come across as a predatory lender.
Subscribe to our Youtube channel for all latest in-depth, on the ground reporting from around the world.
Copyright © 2020 TRT World.