Moscow has made a serious claim to return to Africa


In recent years, Russia has been louder and louder about its foreign policy ambitions, returning to the place where the Soviet Union once played an important role. A striking example of the transformation of the Russian Federation into a superpower is the Crimean events, as well as Moscow's Middle East steps. Now it's Africa's turn. Russia is building its relations with African countries, relying, according to the Global Risk Insights, on three pillars of its influence.


The first of these are private military companies, through which Russia wages hybrid wars and advances its geopolitical interests. Since 2018, PMC Wagner has been operating in Libya, supporting the troops of Khalifa Haftar. "Wagnerians" are present in other countries, for example, in the Central African Republic, having provided support to the incumbent head of state Faustin-Archang Touadere at the end of last year. There are Wagner's servicemen in Sudan, where the Russian Federation has built a naval base, as well as in Eritrea, Egypt, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

The second support of the Kremlin's external aspirations on the "Black Continent" is materialtechnical support provided by PMCs to the population of poor African countries, as well as the extraction of natural resources by Russians. Russian companies are expanding their interests in Africa. Thus, the Russian Federation won a concession for the development of gas fields in Mozambique, Rosatom signed an agreement on the construction of a nuclear power plant in Egypt, RUSAL, the Renova and Lukoil group of companies are also engaged in the extraction of natural resources in Africa - oil, diamonds, manganese and others.

Trade is another tool that has made Moscow's strong claim to return to Africa, although in this area Russia has to face stiff competition from the United States and China. In Africa, relatively inexpensive Russian military equipment is in great demand, sales of which have doubled over the past five years. From 2014 to 2019, Russia accounted for 16 percent of arms deliveries to Africa (excluding Egypt), and Russia signed lucrative arms supply contracts with Equatorial Guinea, Burkina Faso, Mali, Angola and Nigeria.

Russia has made a bid to gain influence on the continent, planning to build even more naval bases, expand trade relations and support autocratic leaders with PMCs

- notes Global Risk Insights.
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  1. Captain stoner Offline Captain stoner
    Captain stoner (Captain Stoner) 9 February 2021 15: 06
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    In recent years, Russia has been louder and louder about its foreign policy ambitions, returning to where the Soviet Union once played an important role.

    Russia is no match for the USSR. This is "by definition".
    And then the question: Why does a poor and "developing" Russia need an equally poor and developing Africa?
    1. Ulysses Offline Ulysses
      Ulysses (Alexey) 9 February 2021 22: 08
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      And then the question: Why does a poor and "developing" Russia need an equally poor and developing Africa?

      Business, nothing personal ...

      The Russian Federation won a concession for the development of gas fields in Mozambique, Rosatom signed an agreement on the construction of a nuclear power plant in Egypt, RUSAL, the Renova and Lukoil group of companies are also engaged in the extraction of natural resources in Africa - oil, diamonds, manganese and others.

      In Africa, relatively inexpensive Russian military equipment is in great demand, sales of which have doubled over the past five years. From 2014 to 2019, Russia accounted for 16 percent of arms supplies to Africa (excluding Egypt).

      If you can really make money, why refuse?
    2. 123 Offline 123
      123 (123) 11 February 2021 01: 46
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      Russia is no match for the USSR. This is "by definition".

      Another friend of the Americans? The lackeys of transatlantic penguins are no match for us. Would you walk past a good citizen sad

      And then the question: Why does a poor and "developing" Russia need an equally poor and developing Africa?

      Why is the poor, decaying Ukraine Donbass?
  2. Larisa Larisa Offline Larisa Larisa
    Larisa Larisa (Larisa Larisa) 9 February 2021 16: 43
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    Why do you need Africa ?! Come back to Donbass !!!
    1. Captain stoner Offline Captain stoner
      Captain stoner (Captain Stoner) 9 February 2021 23: 07
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      In Africa, sharks, In Africa, gorillas, In Africa, big Angry crocodiles Will bite you, Beat and offend you, - Do not go, children, To walk to Africa.

      Despite the described African horrors, the head chef decided that it was more rich there than in this Donbass.
      1. 123 Offline 123
        123 (123) 11 February 2021 01: 48
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        Despite the described African horrors, the head chef decided that it was more rich there than in this Donbass.

        Your main clown closed all channels, did you come here? Information hunger?
    2. Bitter Offline Bitter
      Bitter (Gleb) 10 February 2021 01: 49
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      African natives are not so familiar with the peculiarities of winter fishing, but the situation is different in the Donbas.