From south of the Sahara all the way north to the Maghreb, Vladimir Putin wants his country to play a leading role in Africa, as it did during the Cold War. From October 22 – 24, the Russian city of Sochi, on the Black Sea Coast, will host the first ever Russia-Africa Summit.
It will be a first in the history of his country. Long faded are the memories from the 1970s of the relations that united a continent in the process of decolonization while the USSR pursued its campaign of Third World solidarity.
Since visiting Morocco in 2006, Putin has visited Libya (2008) and Egypt (2015 and 2017). But the only country in sub-Saharan Africa the Russian president has visited is South Africa. Read full report here