Chief of staff Said Chengriha has travelled to Moscow to clinch an astronomical arms deal, worth up to $7bn. In discussions with the Russian defence minister, he also outlined a possible Algerian intervention in the Sahel, starting with Mali.
Moscow is working hard to ensure that the second Russian-African summit, scheduled for 2022, is a success. Picking the country to host it, organising a committee of experts, and deciding who should sit at the round tables are all being meticulously planned.
The African Union's Peace and Security Department is the bit of the bloc most coveted by the continent's major powers. But as Nigeria's newly installed commissioner, Bankole Adeoye, is finding out, it suffers from a surfeit of interim bosses.