Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has said his country can offer help to Africa without the conditions attached by Western powers. “We see how an array of Western countries are resorting to pressure, intimidation and blackmail of sovereign African governments,” Mr. Putin said in an interview with TASS news agency, ahead of a summit with African leaders.
Russia is expecting to host 47 African leaders at the 23-24 October summit in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. Mr Putin said relations with Africa had improved, pointing to military cooperation agreements that Russia currently has with more than 30 African countries which it supplies arms to. Rwanda is among countries that have deepened relations with Russia. The Rwandan cabinet recently gave a green light to an agreement with Russia to advance the use of nuclear energy for “Peaceful purposes”.