Putin Meets Chad’s Leader, Strengthening Ties Amid Russia-France Africa Rivalry

Russian President Putin met Chad’s leader in Moscow, as Russia seeks to expand influence in Africa, challenging former colonial power France.

Chad, once pro-Western, shifted after a coup in 2021. Putin praised stability under the new leadership, offering support. Russia aims to build relationships in the Sahel region, where coups have shifted allegiances. This move follows recent visits from junta leaders in Niger.

While Chad traditionally leaned towards France, Russia’s outreach signals a shift in dynamics. The Kremlin’s influence, previously led by a mercenary group, now consolidates formally after its leader’s demise.

Moscow is actively shaping its presence in Africa.

Source : Reuters

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/putin-meets-chad-junta-leader-russia-competes-with-france-africa-2024-01-24/

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