Updated: February 25, 2021
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.
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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