Putin aims to boost Moscow’s clout with Russia-Africa summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted dozens of leaders of African nations Wednesday for the first-ever Russia-Africa summit, reflecting Moscow’s new…

Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted dozens of leaders of African nations Wednesday for the first-ever Russia-Africa summit, reflecting Moscow’s new push to expand its clout on the continent and saying there is “enormous potential for growth.” Putin and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi are hosting the two-day summit attended by leaders of 43 of the continent’s 54 countries, with the other nations represented by senior officials.

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