Russia's new focus on Africa takes advantage of US drift
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Bangladesh, Oct. 21 -- Johannesburg, Oct 21 (AP/UNB) - Russian President Vladimir Putin is following China's lead and making a splashy bid for influence in Africa, hosting the continent's leaders this week in the first-ever Russia-Africa Summit.
The Kremlin has said 47 of the continent's 54 heads of state or government are expected to attend.
Russia is taking advantage of the Trump administration's seemingly waning interest in the continent of 1.2 billion people that includes some of the world's fastest growing economies and a strategic perch on the Red Sea.
"We are not going to participate in a new 'repartition' of the continent's wealth; rather, we are ready to engage in competition for cooperation with Africa, provided that this com...
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