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Vol 63 No 5

Published 3rd March 2022

How Putin revived Moscow's reach

Gas pipelines, mining deals and military business powered post-Cold War relations but now they are at a turning point again

President Vladimir Putin's first visit to Africa in 2006 launched Moscow's renewed push for economic and security ties with the continent. Its success was celebrated at the October 2019 Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi, which 50 African countries and 43 heads of state attended. Although many of Russia's promises have exceeded the country's ability to deliver, strong ties have developed between Africa and Russia over the past decade and a half.

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