Focus MOZAMBIQUE RUSSIA 09/03/2020

Moscow muscles in as protector of oil firms in Cabo Delgado

Building on from its presence in Central African Republic and Libya, Moscow is determined to create a firm footing in Mozambique, a country that for 20 years was a Soviet outpost. Like in Bangui, the main vector for Russian influence here is military support to local forces working to combat an insurrection that has rocked Cabo Delgado province since October 5, 2017. Yet, Western oil firms present in the region are beginning to become uncomfortable with this arrangement. [...] (1286 words)
The presidents of Mozambique and Russia, Filipe Nyusi and Vladimir Putin, in Moscow, 22 August 2019.
The presidents of Mozambique and Russia, Filipe Nyusi and Vladimir Putin, in Moscow, 22 August 2019. ©Reuters/Sputnik
Building on from its presence in Central African Republic and Libya, Moscow is determined to create a firm footing in Mozambique, a country that for 20 years was a Soviet outpost. Like in Bangui, the main vector for Russian influence here is military support to local forces working to combat an insurrection that has rocked Cabo Delgado province since October 5, 2017. Yet, Western oil firms present in the region are beginning to become uncomfortable with this arrangement. [...] (1286 words)
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