Russia, US spar over Wagner Group presence in Sahel

Russia, US spar over Wagner Group presence in Sahel

Russian officials have condemned the newly imposed European Union sanctions brought on over the role of Wagner Group and private military fighters in the Sahel, defending the right of African nations to choose the services if they so prefer. “Private military companies are not controlled by official Russian authorities. Independent…

Lavrov defends Russia’s role in Sahel, confirms Wagner plans

Lavrov defends Russia’s role in Sahel, confirms Wagner plans

The Russian foreign ministry confirmed reports that Mali plans to hire contractors with the Wagner Group to fight extremism in the Sahel, but insisted again that the private company is not operating under Moscow’s control. The remarks from Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov followed questions about the presence of Wagner…

Shoukry, Lavrov call focuses on Libya ceasefire

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry urged the need for a ceasefire in Libya in order for political negotiations to move forward during his Tuesday telephone call with Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, but he also warned that Egypt makes its own security situation a priority. Shoukry’s comments come one day after…

U.S. says Russian Wagner Group is sabotaging Libyan peace process

The United States says it has clear evidence that the Wagner Group of mercenary fighters, linked to Russia, is responsible for landmines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) laid in and around Tripoli in violation of a United Nations arms embargo. “Verified photographic evidence shows indiscriminately placed booby-traps and minefields around…

Reports: Libya fighting renews after Moscow talks fail

Libyan National Army (LNA) leader Khalifa Haftar returned to Benghazi late Monday, after eight hours of negotiations with Government of National Accord (GNA) head Fayez Al-Sarraj in Moscow that failed to deliver on a ceasefire agreement. The Al-Arabiya news outlet reports that “clashes renewed in Salah al-Din, south of the…

The Morales departure in Bolivia: A familiar story for many Africans

Embattled President Evo Morales has stepped down in Bolivia, where the dramatic developments since the country’s October 20 election have implications for the wider Global South – among them Africans concerned about the competing narratives emerging from the small but resource-rich nation. “The coup plotters who raided my house and…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Twitter, Facebook announce new moves to limit political abuses

Both Twitter and Facebook made big announcements on Wednesday, as the social media companies seek to curb fake accounts, abuse in political ads, and the potential to spread fake news or incite violence through hate speech. Facebook announced it removed three Russia-linked networks of accounts, pages and groups that targeted…

Sisi, Putin wrap up Russia-Africa Forum

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his Russian host and counterpart, President Vladimir Putin, delivered their keynote addresses as the Russia-Africa Forum concluded in the Black Sea city of Sochi. The two co-chairs of the summit issued a joint statement following the two-day meeting, with African government officials and delegations…

Ethiopia, Egypt agree disputed dam talks will continue

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met Thursday to discuss their relationship, which has been marked by tensions over the countries’ dispute over the future of the Nile River and Ethiopia’s dam construction. The two discussed their mutual issues while attending the Russia-Africa Forum in Sochi,…

Russia-Africa Forum begins in Sochi

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his Russian host and counterpart, President Vladimir Putin, will speak Wednesday as the Russia-Africa Forum formally gets under way in the Black Sea city of Sochi. About four dozen African leaders and high-level government officials are attending the summit and forum, from Nigerian President…

Russia says missing crew of pirated ship believed to be in Nigeria

Russia’s foreign ministry says it is closely following developments since pirates attacked a ship off the coast of West Africa last week and is assisting with negotiations over the safety of eight crew members held hostage. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, speaking at a press conference from Pyatigorsk while attending…

Report: U.S. concerned about broader Russian influence in Africa

The Russian presence on the African continent may be broader than publicly acknowledged, and alongside a rising China remains a critical concern for the United States, according to a new report from investigative news outlet The Intercept in the U.S. The report from award-winning author Nick Turse, published Tuesday, is…