Western Reluctance in the Sahel Opens Doors for Russia
Dec 16, 2019 | 10:30 GMT
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- Western reluctance to increase its commitment to security in the militancy-plagued Sahel creates opportunities for Russia to expand its role in Africa, and potentially to gain markets for its military gear in exchange for natural resources.
- For Sahel governments, Russian military support could provide additional military capacity, but it is unlikely to be any substitute for the current Western interventions, and will be limited by the complexity of hosting both Russian and Western military operations.