Oleg Pavlov

Japan in Africa

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On August 27-28, a conference organized by Tokyo and conceived as a Japan-Africa summit was held in Tunis. The intention was big: to hold the eighth edition of the event called TICAD (held since 1993) in such a way as to declare Japan’s significant activism in dealing with the development problems of the African continent. And at first, expectations of the event were fulfilled. More than…

Lavrov, Macron, Blinken and Africa

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From July 23 to 27, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited Egypt, the Republic of Congo – Brazzaville, Uganda and Ethiopia. During these visits, which covered the Northern, Eastern and Central Africa, he was received by the heads of these States, Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers. The special significance of this visit was due to the fact that it took place…

Africa is Waiting

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Over the last few days, a number of interesting but apparently unrelated events have occurred which are, in fact, a sign of important changes in international relations. July 21 saw the publication of an Order of the President of the Russian Federation: “On the organizing committee responsible for the preparations for and holding of the second Russia-Africa summit in 2023, and other events held…

The Battle of Narratives, and Africa’s Food Crisis

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On July 11 Josep Borrell, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, declared that, for now, the EU is not winning the “global battle of narratives”. But five months have not yet passed… He then again repeated his time-worn claim that Europe is on the side of truth – although many countries are inclined to disagree. In other words, Josep Borrell can…

War and Food. What Does It Have to Do With Africa?

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After Senegalese President Macky Sall’s visit to Russia on June 3 and Vladimir Putin’s extended interview published on the same day, in which he declared Russia’s readiness to do everything in its power to ensure the export of Ukrainian grain, the subject seemed to have been exhausted. On June 8, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held talks in Istanbul with his Turkish…

Food Security and Russo-African Relations

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On June 3, talks were held in Sochi between the current president of the African Union, Senegalese President Macky Sall, and Vladimir Putin.  Macky Sall flew to Russia on a one-day visit and only for the sake of meeting with the Russian president. The head of the African Union Commission, M. Faki Mahamat, also flew with him to Sochi. He did not fly to Kiev as many had…

Paris Lost Direction or What’s going on in Mali?

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Franco-Mali relations have been feverish for the past two years, following the August (2020) coup in Mali, when President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta was replaced by the military. And for an outside observer it looks like a bout of split personality in Paris. France has announced, since June 2021, through the mouth of its President E. Macron, that it is operating a “profound…

Africa and the Collective West after the Start of Russia’s Special Operation in Ukraine

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It was not yesterday that the US and EU countries, as well as the famous constellation (which in addition to the US includes the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) started a hybrid war against Russia, including on the African continent. They started it back in 2012, when it became clear that Vladimir Putin was back in charge and that…

Relations between Russia and African States and the Situation around Ukraine

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Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine which began on February 24, 2022, has dramatically changed the global political map like no other military conflict in the 21st century has. It made all of the world powers re-define their attitude to Moscow as one of the major military, political and power poles of today’s world. The western nations which have…


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