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African leaders flock to Sochi summit
More than 40 African leaders have headed to the Black Sea resort of Sochi for the 23-24 October Russia-Africa summit. Significant military deals are expected to be signed, as well as nuclear and oil and gas agreements. Russia, whose African presence waned after the Cold War, is making a new push to increase its influence to compete with China, Europe and the Gulf states. In Guinea, where Rusal owns bauxite mines, Russian ambassador Alexander Bregadze has spoken in support of President Alpha Condé’s controversial bid to change the constitution so he can run for a third term.
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