Russian President Vladimir Putin said Africa will become one of Russia’s key partners “in a new multipolar world,” during his opening remarks at the Russia-Africa summit in St. Petersburg.
The Russian president is hosting 17 African heads of state, including South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, with Russia's withdrawal from a key grain deal likely to be a key part of the agenda.
Such high-level summits are a rarity for Putin, who has been left diplomatically isolated by the Ukraine war. The number of African heads of state attending is less than half the number at a similar summit in 2019.
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