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ISS: US debates bill to counter ‘malign’ Russian activities in Africa

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A United States (US) bill that would oblige Washington to punish African governments that abet Russian ‘malign’ activities on the continent is sailing through...

Cameroon and Russia sign defence agreement

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On 21 April, an agreement concluded nine days earlier in Moscow between the Cameroonian Defence Minister Joseph Beti Assomo and his Russian counterpart Sergei...

Madagascar and Russia strengthen defence ties

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On 25 March, a military cooperation agreement between Russia and Madagascar came into force, following a visit in Russia of the Malagasy Minister of...

Former SA defence minister to be part of Russia/Ukraine mediating team

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Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, until last August South African Minister of Defence, will be part of an Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) task force that will mediate the...

ISS: Hybrid warfare – Africa beware

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Africa is rapidly becoming a theatre for hybrid threats. Allegations of state-backed information campaigns designed to ramp up divisions in Mali and cyber attacks...

Mali receives Mi-24s and radars from Russia

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Mali’s military has received two Mi-24P attack helicopters from Russia as part of continuing efforts to bolster the country’s armed forces. The Forces Armees Maliennes...

Russia’s war with Ukraine: Five reasons why many African countries choose...

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In early March the United Nation’s General Assembly voted on a resolution demanding Russia immediately stop its military operations in Ukraine. Out of 193 member...

Sanctions against Russia will affect arms sales to Africa: the risks...

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Following its invasion of Ukraine, countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance (NATO) imposed comprehensive sanctions on Russia in a bid to cripple its...

ISS: Ukraine war reveals Africa divided

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Ukraine has withdrawn an important contingent of peacekeepers from the United Nations (UN) Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO)...

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is illegal under international law: suggesting it’s...

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While the world is largely united against the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, South African public figures, including the government, have attempted to downplay...

South Africa approached to mediate Russia-Ukraine conflict

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President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa has been approached to play a “mediation role” in the Russia-Ukraine conflict. The President had a phone call with...

Ukraine war: fresh warning that Africa needs to be vigilant against...

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It’s commonly held that Russian president Vladimir Putin’s objective for invading Ukraine is to install a puppet regime that is pliable to Moscow’s interests....

Ramaphosa defends SA stance at UN on Russia/Ukraine conflict

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Responding to criticism of South Africa’s abstention from voting in last week’s United Nations (UN) General Assembly Russia/Ukraine vote, President Cyril Ramaphosa said it...

SA slated for abstaining from UN vote against Russia

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Condemnation from one political party and another telling government to ensure its own house is in order before pointing fingers are current reactions to...

South Africa adds its voice to those calling for Russian withdrawal...

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What Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin called a “special military operation” in Ukraine has been widely condemned as an invasion with South Africa joining...

Russia training Djibouti Army mine clearance personnel

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The Russian military’s International Mine Action Centre (IMAC) is training servicemen from Djibouti on the Uran-6 mine clearance vehicle. The Russian Ministry of Defence on...

ISS: Wagner’s dubious operatics in CAR and beyond

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Russia has established a strong military presence in the Central African Republic (CAR) over the past four years, clandestinely using dubious actors like the...

Wagner Group continues to exert Russian influence in Africa

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The increasing presence of Russia’s Wagner Group in Africa underlined the Kremlin’s continued efforts to exert its influence on the continent in 2021. The shadowy...

Ransomware attack on Australian utility claimed by Russian-speaking criminals

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One of the most prolific Russian-speaking ransomware gangs has claimed credit for a weekend attack on an Australian electric utility serving millions of people. Australian...

Russia and Egypt begin Bridge of Friendship 2021 joint naval exercise...

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The Bridge of Friendship 2021 Russian-Egyptian joint naval exercise began earlier this week in the Gulf of Alexandria, in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Crews of...

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