Russia Bets Big On The World’s Least Explored Oil Frontier

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(Oilprice.com – Viktor Katona – January 10, 2020) When the inaugural Russia-Africa summit was held in October 2019, most industry observers believed that the majority of projects under discussion would not get past the FID stage – in no small part because of their varied economic prospects. As well as wheat exports, nuclear technologies, conventional weaponry and ore mining, oil […]

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RUSSIALINK: “At Russia’s Inaugural Africa Summit, Moscow Sells Sovereignty; The two-day event this week featured 43 African heads of state” – Moscow Times

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Evan Gershkovich – SOCHI, Oct. 26, 2019) Last winter, the head of Ghana’s state news agency received a message: Russia’s ambassador to the West African country wanted the agency to discuss a partnership with TASS, its Russian counterpart. For many years, Albert Kofi Owusu said the world had thought negatively about Russia, a perception he […]

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Oil, Military And Nuclear Tech: Russia’s Influence In Africa

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(Oilprice.com – Vanand Meliksetian – Oct. 17, 2019) Virtually all great powers have set their eyes on Africa as the continent’s global importance grows. Its population is set to double by 2050 and its economy is expected to expand significantly alongside its energy consumption. It is these projections that have driven Russia to invest heavily in strong relations in the […]

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‘Make Africa Safe’: Russia’s Competitive Advantage in Sub-Saharan Africa

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(Jamestown Foundation – jamestown.org – Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 16 Issue: 127 – Sergey Sukhankin – September 18, 2019) On October 23-24, the southwestern Russian resort city of Sochi will host the first ever Russia-Africa Summit (Ravision2030.com, accessed September 14). Sharing his expectations of the upcoming event, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov underscored its “pivotal importance” and “unprecedented nature.” […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Russia in Africa: Is it becoming a key player?” – BBC/ Kumar Malhotra

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“Russia’s recent activities in Sudan and the Central African Republic have been the subject of intense speculation. … along with renewed economic ties, private Russian military contractors are reported to have been active in both countries. … particularly sensitive in Sudan, where there have been widespread, often violent anti-government protests. Moscow has been increasingly turning its attention to sub-Saharan Africa, […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Russia has trained over 1,000 troops in CAR, more instructors to go there – Foreign Ministry” – Interfax

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MOSCOW. Oct 22 (Interfax) – Moscow is planning to send an additional 60 Russian military instructors to the Central African Republic (CAR), and more than 1,000 CAR troops have already completed training, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its website. “Over 1,000 Central African servicemen have been trained to date. We intend to continue to provide Bangui […]

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NEWSLINK The National Interest/Eugene Steinberg: “Revealed: Russia’s Mighty Pivot to Africa”

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Russia’s interests in Africa are manifold. As economic sanctions constrict its trade with the West, Africa is becoming an increasingly attractive investment opportunity. At the same time, Africa’s fifty-four countries represent a political opportunity to relieve Russia’s isolation and build support for its actions in the UN. Finally, Russia’s prominence in Africa lends credibility to its reassertion of world power […]

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RBTH: Can Moscow bet on ‘Trump card’ in U.S.?; Obama takes Africa for a tango; Kyrgyzstan casts its lot in with Russia

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Sergey Strokan, Vladimir Mikheev, special to RBTH – July 30, 2015) RBTH presents its weekly analytical program TROIKA REPORT, featuring a look at three of the most high-profile recent developments in international affairs 1. Engaging the West U.S. presidential race: Can Moscow bet on ‘Trump card’? The meteoric rise of eccentric billionaire Donald […]

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Interfax: Moscow says Senegal promises to give materials confirming violations of fishing regulations by Russian boat

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MOSCOW. Jan 9 (Interfax) – The Senegalese authorities have promised to provide Russia with materials confirming repeated violations of fishing regulations in the exclusive economic zone of Senegal by the crew of Russia’s Oleg Naydyonov vessel, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. “On January 8 the meeting of the Russian Ambassador to Senegal and Senegalese Foreign Minister, Mankeur Ndiaye, took place […]

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Russia Beyond the Headlines: Mandela and the Soviet Union: The struggle against apartheid

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Ajay Kamalakaran, RBTH – December 6, 2013) As the world mourns the death of the great statesman, RBTH looks back at the role Russia and the Soviet Union played in the struggle against apartheid. When Nelson Mandela turned 95 in July, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave one of the most glowing tributes to […]

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Russian Envoy: US, EU Monopoly in Africa Coming to an End

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(RIA Novosti – March 19, 2013) The Russian president’s special envoy for cooperation with African countries, Mikhail Margelov, has said that the US, EU monopoly in the African states was coming to an end as “the new players, that is BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa), have stepped in”, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported him as saying on […]

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Russian diplomat warns of terror threat in Syria, Algeria, Mali

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(Interfax – Moscow, 1 February) The events in Syria, Algeria and Mali are interrelated and demonstrate the multi-faceted nature of the modern terrorist threat, Aleksandr Zmeyevskiy, the Russian president’s special representative on international cooperation in the fight against terrorism and transnational organized crime, has said. “Al-Qa’idah and its partners in this unsavoury business seriously intend to take power in states. […]

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It’s time for Africa: In a new scramble for the continent, Russia doesn’t have to be an outsider

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(Moscow News – themoscownews.com – Tai Adelaja – Dec. 17, 2012) Suddenly, a new scramble for Africa is gaining momentum. The saving grace this time around is that the BRICS states (Brazil, Russia, India, China and since 2011, South Africa) are leading the charge. The Chinese have long dug in their heels, spending billions of dollars to boost economies and […]

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