Authors: Dr. Aleksander Olech, Natalia Matiaszczyk, Leon Pińczak, Jan Sobieraj.
- Despite the high competition on the armaments market, the Russian Federation is the leader in the supply of weapons to Sub-Saharan Africa.
- In 2009-2019, there was a significant increase in Russian exports to Africa.
- The Kremlin attempts to maintain good relations with African governments by combining military and economic interests.
- The expansion of Russian military influence in Africa, primarily expressed in the strengthening of bilateral relations and the signing of agreements on military-technical cooperation, began with the signing of an agreement in 1996 with Namibia.
- Russian geostrategic interests in Africa are pursued by a non-state paramilitary group – the so-called Wagner’s group – closely linked to the Russian establishment, as well as other pro-Russian financial organizations and cells run by the Kremlin.
- It is possible that in the future the Russian Federation will establish its bases or use the territories of Egypt, Eritrea, Mozambique, the Central African Republic, Somalia and Sudan for military purposes.
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