n African Renaissance - Russia and Africa part : it was all business for President Medvedev

Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


No doubt the old Soviet Union ties with Africa were political and ideological. Africa was a key front line in the stand off between the old USSR (The Union of Soviet and Socialist Republic) and the West. During the cold war era, the scuffle in the region was fought as they (Soviet Union) tried to provide Africa with an alternative to western imperialism. They offered all kinds of aide, especially in the defense sector in an effort to promote their socialist agenda. Nonetheless, with the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early nineties, this ambition became history. Russia's relationship with Africa quickly deteriorated. Now, a newly assertive Russia is trying to rekindle the old romance by strengthening its global presence, often in regions far beyond its own boundaries.

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