Russia set to expand military power to Africa with echoes of Cold War | World | News


Russia is prepared to increase the number of military instructors based in the country, embroiled in a six-year civil war, in a move which has striking parallels with the Soviet Union’s Cold War expansionist policy.

Mikhail Bogdanov, the country’s Africa representative and deputy foreign minister said: “It all depends on the will of the country’s government, of its legitimate authorities.

“When we have the opportunity, we always respond to requests.

“I am talking about cooperation in the sphere of security.

“So I am not ruling that out.

“If there is a need for more, there will be more.”

The deputy foreign minister also claimed it would be easy to coordinate such a move with the United Nations.

He said: “There is an agreed framework, some restrictions, but we act in accordance with our…

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