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Russian President Vladimir Putin and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi. Russian President Vladimir Putin and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi, Oct. 24, 2019 (pool photo by Gavriil Grigorov of TASS News Agency via AP Images).

At the First Russia-Africa Summit, Putin Tells African Leaders: Let’s Make a Deal

Friday, Oct. 25, 2019

Editor’s Note: Every Friday, Andrew Green curates the top news and analysis from and about the African continent.

Russian President Vladimir Putin had a message for African leaders this week: Moscow is ready to make some deals. Putin’s government brought 43 African heads of state or government to the Black Sea resort town of Sochi for the first-ever Russia-Africa Summit. The Russians simultaneously sent a pair of nuclear-capable bombers to South Africa, apparently the first time the Soviet-era aircraft had ever landed on the continent, reinforcing both Russia’s strategic capabilities and what it might be able to offer African governments. ...

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