Source: Atlantic Council
Author(s): Will O’Brien
On October 23 and 24, African leaders will gather in Sochi, Russia, as Russian President Vladimir Putin hosts the first Russia-Africa Summit, which the Kremlin has described as a strategic forum that exemplifies Putin’s effort to ensure that Africa will not be a third-party observer in the next round of great power competition.
The summit will be cohosted by Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi; a strategic choice by Putin that should concern advocates for democratic values around the world. While Russia’s relationship with Egypt dates to the early orthodox church, and the years following the Protestant Reformation, more recent relationships between Cairo and Moscow have troubled the West.
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