Russian FM visits West Africa – level 3

07-06-2024 15:00

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has arrived in Guinea, beginning a three-country tour of West Africa.

This visit is part of Russia’s efforts to increase its influence in the region. Russia has been investing in West Africa, including companies like Yango operating in Senegal. Lavrov’s visit focuses on security and access to Guinea’s bauxite reserves. Russia has been gaining popularity in West Africa through social media, showcasing humanitarian aid efforts by groups like the Wagner Group.

Despite Russia’s growing presence, its trade with Africa is significantly lower than that of the EU. Russia traded only 14 billion dollars with Africa last year, compared to the EU’s 300 billion. Russia is seen as an alternative to the West for economic, security, and strategic reasons. While President Vladimir Putin hasn’t visited Africa, Lavrov has made multiple trips to the region. This visit comes as Russia faces increasing isolation in the West but remains engaged in Africa.

Difficult words: showcase (to show), alternative (an option), strategic (related to long-term plans).

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What are some of the reasons for Russia's increased efforts to influence West Africa, as evidenced by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's visit?


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