Russia-Africa Summit to form cooperation agenda, Lavrov says

17/07/2019 – The Russia-Africa Summit will give impetus to the development of ties between Russia and African states, forming an agenda for their further cooperation, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a joint press conference with the top diplomat of Cote d’Ivoire, Marcel Amon-Tanoh. »We have thoroughly discussed preparations for the first Russia-Africa Summit scheduled to take place in Sochi in October. It will be the first such summit in history, an economic forum will precede it, » Lavrov noted. « We expect that these events will become a major milestone in Russian-African relations and will also help define our future partnership, » he added. Continuer à lire … « Russia-Africa Summit to form cooperation agenda, Lavrov says »

Russia/Africa – Leaders of 35 countries confirm participation in Russia-Africa Summit — senior diplomat

17/07/2019 – About 35 leaders of African countries have by now officially confirmed their participation in the Russia-Africa Summit and more participants are expected to join in, Russian Presidential Envoy for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Wednesday. Continuer à lire … « Russia/Africa – Leaders of 35 countries confirm participation in Russia-Africa Summit — senior diplomat »

Russian press reveals UAE-Niger negotiations on setting military base near the Libyan border

15/07/2019 – The Russian newspaper Kommersant has published a report on the ongoing negotiations between the UAE and Niger, regarding the establishment of an Emirati military base on the territory of Niger.

The newspaper added that the UAE’s aim is to get a foothold near the Libyan border in order to support the forces of Haftar, disclosing that negotiations are in their final stages.

An expert at the Russian Council for International Affairs was quoted as saying that the establishment of the base is not only to monitor the situation in Libya but also to guarantee secret air routes to Libya and the possibility of transferring special forces there.

The Libya Observer

Sahel-Elite

Libya – Russia denies presence in Benghazi

2019/03/07 – The Russian Foreign Ministry denied the presence of Russian fighters in Benghazi to support the Dignity Operation forces led by Khalifa Hafter.

The ministry said in a statement that it has no information regarding activities of Russian watchdogs in Libya, according to Sputnik.

British newspaper The Telegraph reported on Sunday that around 300 Russian mercenaries belonging to the private military company Wagner Group are present and active in Benghazi on the side of Hafter’s forces.

According to the report, the company had provided Hafter with arms, including artillery, tanks, and drones.

The Libya Observer / Sahel-Elite

Russian media: Aircraft belonging to ‘Putin’s chef’ flies frequently to Syria and Africa #Chad

2019/14/02 – A private jet believed to belong to the Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, also known as “Putin’s chef”, has been flying nearly every month to the Near East and Africa, where Russian mercenaries are known to be fighting, according to an investigation by the Russian news outlet Novaya Gazeta and the Russian media: Aircraft belonging to ‘Putin’s chef’ flies frequently to Syria and Africa

The aircraft, a Raytheon HAWKER 800XP with the registration number M-VITO, officially belongs to a company in the Seychelles with an unknown owner. The authors of the investigation believe it belongs to Prigozhin, based on information from his daughter’s social network account and the fact that the same company owns a yacht that was used by the Prigozhins on a family holiday. Continuer à lire … « Russian media: Aircraft belonging to ‘Putin’s chef’ flies frequently to Syria and Africa #Chad »

Algeria/Russia – Russian defense firm views BrahMos project as ‘ideal example’ of military cooperation

2019/13/02 – Russia’s Tactical Missiles Corporation considers the Russian-Indian BrahMos project as an ideal example of military and technical cooperation, Corporation CEO Boris Obnosov said on Thursday.

« This is one of the examples of military and technical cooperation between the two countries, which is effective and useful for both states, » the chief executive said. Continuer à lire … « Algeria/Russia – Russian defense firm views BrahMos project as ‘ideal example’ of military cooperation »

Russian Contractors Are Training the Army in Sudan, Moscow Says

2019/10/02 – Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that private Russian companies were training the army in Sudan, confirming for the first time their presence in a country shaken by protests against its president, a close Russian ally.

Demonstrators have been on the streets near-daily since Dec. 19, initially to protest against an economic crisis then to call for an end to the 30-year rule of President Omar al-Bashir. Continuer à lire … « Russian Contractors Are Training the Army in Sudan, Moscow Says »