Russia flaunts firepower at Africa summit – Sochi

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Angola’s President Joao Lourenco, after their talks at the Kremlin in Moscow on April 4, 2019. Ahead of the Russia Africa Summit on October 23, 2019, President Putin has promised African countries investments and support for the continent’s causes in global political forums. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP  

From Russia with love: Guns and smiles; Moscow flaunts firepower at Africa summit///CRIMSON TAZVINZWA

In Summary

  • Russia has been a major supplier of weapons and military equipment to African nations and the country’s arms exporter hopes the first Russia-Africa summit will help further boost business on the continent.
  • This year alone, nine countries including Rwanda, Mozambique and Angola are set to receive Russian arms.
  • Observers say Moscow has been skillfully using a combination of arms exports and security expertise to expand its political and economic footprint in Africa.

wing off its next generation Kalashnikov assault rifles, helicopters and facial recognition systems as President Vladimir Putin hosts dozens of African leaders for a major summit in Sochi.

The Wednesday and Thursday event at the Black Sea resort has brought together delegates to discuss everything from nuclear technology to mineral extraction—but on the sidelines, stands for arms companies dominate.

Russia has been a major supplier of weapons and military equipment to African nations and the country’s arms exporter hopes the first Russia-Africa summit will help further boost business on the continent.

“We would like to expand our presence there, of course,” Rosoboronexport director Alexander Mikheev told AFP.

He said that African countries now accounted for 40 percent of the exporter’s current orders.

All 54 African states were represented at the event and Rosoboronexport said it planned to conduct meetings with the top leadership of 15 countries on the sidelines of the gathering.

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