On July 18, at 12:00 Moscow time (GMT+3), the Valdai Club hosted a presentation of the report titled “Russia and Africa: An Audit of Relations”, prepared especially for the Club’s Russia-Africa Conference, which will be held on July 25 in St. Petersburg. The conference will be the final synchronization of watches on the eve of the second Russia-Africa summit.
The first Russia-Africa summit laid the foundation for deepening cooperation and expanding Russia’s contacts with the countries of the continent. Over the past four years, the geopolitical landscape has completely changed. In the new conditions, Africa is becoming one of the most important priorities for Russian foreign policy and economic relations. As Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov noted, “Russia provides honest assistance to the countries of the continent in strengthening their sovereignty, and ensuring security and economic growth.” The general main task, according to the minister, “should be bringing Russian-African cooperation to the level of a strategic partnership.”