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It’s Starting to Settle-In That Russia’s Coming Back to Africa. So What Does That Mean for Africa and Everyone Else?

Russian President Vladimir Putin with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at the inaugural Russia-Africa summit in the Black Sea city of Sochi. Photo via the Tass News Agency.

With their leaders back from Russia, several of Africa’s major newspapers devoted considerable space this weekend to digest the Russia-Africa summit and how does Moscow’s resurgence on the continent complicate ties with other major powers, namely China and the U.S.

African Media Frame Russia’s Revitalized Interest as the New “Scramble for Africa”

  • DAILY NATION (Kenya): “With President Putin eager to rebuild his country’s strength – especially economically – he is determined not to be left out of the new Big Power scramble for Africa and her resources.” (READ MORE)
  • DAILY MAVERICK (South Africa) “What may bind Russians and Africans together would be strident nationalism and anti-West sentiment (especially with the likes of Trump and Johnson in power); but tensions may arise when Africans become aware of the white supremacist ideas that are core to the ideology that the Putin power elite likes to propagate within the Russian cultural-polity.” (READ MORE
  • THIS DAY (Nigeria) “It would appear that China’s entrance in the scramble for Africa has not only threatened European powers and the USA, who have often resorted to discrediting China’s investments and trade relations with African countries with rhetoric but has also inspired another world power, Russia, to join in the scramble for Africa.” (READ MORE)
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