Jamestown Foundation Senior Fellow Sergey Sukhankin was interviewed by Voice of America’s Russian service regarding Russia’s interests in Africa, the recent Russian-Africa Summit, and the future of Wagner operations on the continent.
“The Kremlin is interested in trying to break the international isolation that came after the start of Russian aggression against Ukraine in 2022 on the platforms of various international associations such as the UN, G20, BRICS and others. This is Russia’s official interest in Africa. And the unofficial interests of Russia, or rather the Russian elites and people who are close to the Russian elites, are to receive income from all kinds of illegal operations, including the trade in gold, diamonds, timber. Here, of course, the main character is Yevgeny Prigozhin and his Wagner group.”