Moscow and Beijing Discuss Security Situation in Libya

13/10/2019 – Russian Deputy Foreign Minister for Middle East and Africa Affairs Michael Bugdanov has discussed with Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Xing Xian Dong political and security developments in Libya. The two officials stressed the need to continue cooperation between Moscow and Beijing to achieve permanent stability in the Middle East and North Africa, said the Russian Foreign Ministry which said the Libyan issue was subject of extended talks between the two officials.




Russia’s Involvement in Libya is a Case Study in Failed Interventionism and Mercenary War (Opinion)

10/10/2019 – On September 9, Libya’s internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) carried out a series of targeted air strikes on forces aligned with Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA).

The casualties recorded from these strikes revealed that Mr Haftar has been looking far further East than Tobruk in his search for military support. Amongst the recorded dead were 8 Russian fighters linked to Wagner PMC, an infamous Russian private military contractor which has allegedly sent hundreds to fight in Libya. Continuer à lire … « Russia’s Involvement in Libya is a Case Study in Failed Interventionism and Mercenary War (Opinion) »

Russia hopes for constructive cooperation with Niger in UN Security Council, says Lavrov

19/09/2019 – Russia hopes for maintaining close contacts with Niger, which over the next two years will be a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a meeting with his visiting Nigerien counterpart Kalla Ankourao in Moscow on Thursday.The agenda of Thursday’s negotiations includes bilateral relations, which, Lavrov said, « rely on the traditions of friendship, cooperation and mutual understanding. » Continuer à lire … « Russia hopes for constructive cooperation with Niger in UN Security Council, says Lavrov »

Russian firm trains Nigerians on nuclear energy

17/09/2019 – As part of plans by the federal government to improve electricity generation through nuclear means, ROSATOM, a Russian government-owned nuclear energy firm, has begun training of Nigerian professionals and youths in that regard. Continuer à lire … « Russian firm trains Nigerians on nuclear energy »

Algerian, Sudanese Armies advance opposite but equally uncertain paths

08/0972019 – As he puts himself and his family forward, Gaid Salah should bear in mind that he is the spokesman of the majlis of senior generals, no more. Some of them might think he is getting too big for his boots. Continuer à lire … « Algerian, Sudanese Armies advance opposite but equally uncertain paths »

Egypt, Russia review preparations for first-ever Russia-Africa summit

Egyptian and Russian officials on Thursday went over the preparations for the coming Russia-Africa summit set to be held in Sochi in October and to be co-chaired by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

According to a statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry, Egypt’s Ambassador to Russia Ihab Nasr and Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov presented the latest preparations on the summit to African ambassadors during a Thursday meeting held at the Russian foreign ministry.

The summit, the first of its kind, will be held on 23-24 October and will include major Russian and African companies and businessmen.

Nasr cited the noticeable leap forward witnessed by Russian-African relations in the past years, highlighting the hopes of African countries for concrete outcomes from the summit.

Arrangements related to an economic forum set to be held on the sidelines of the summit were also discussed.

Participation in the event is a vital chance to boost cooperation in trade and investment between the two sides, Nasr added.

Egypt is chairing the African Union this year.

Ahram Online

Shael-Elite | Photo: Ambassador Ihab Nasr (3rd from R) at the meeting to prepare for the Africa-Russia Summit (Photo courtesy of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry)

Is Africa ready for weapons that call their own shots?

28/08/2019 – Robotic weapons that once activated can select and attack targets without any further human intervention are being developed by the United States, China, Russia, the United Kingdom, South Korea and Israel. Often listed as part of the ‘third revolution’ in warfare, after conventional weapons and nuclear weapons, lethal autonomous weapon systems (LAWS) will be unpredictable on the battlefield. Continuer à lire … « Is Africa ready for weapons that call their own shots? »