Armaments: Algiers to sign new $12bn mega-contract with Moscow
The Algerian army's budget is set to double. This new funding is slated for the purchase of new military equipment, in particular materiel manufactured by Russia.
Central African kerosene reserves have dwindled to almost nothing, and with the state having requisitioned what little remains, the UN and airlines have cancelled a raft of flights. Stocks of diesel and petrol are also starting to run low, though Bangui is expecting fresh supplies as of August.
Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov is about to appoint a new ambassador to Bangui after six months of dithering. The Russian paramilitary group Wagner is meanwhile reorganising itself in the Central African Republic under the leadership of Yevgeny Prigozhin and Dimitri Utkin, who have both been in Bangui in recent months.
The US intelligence services have asked several African governments for help in halting the movements of private jets belonging to Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin. A close associate of Vladimir Putin, he is a key figure in the Wagner group and has been targeted by US sanctions.