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    Vladimir Putin Cements Russia’s Foothold On Africa With Construction Of First Naval Base In Sudan

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    Russia plans to join other foreign powers that have military bases in Africa, the world’s largest country is planning to build a naval base in Sudan.

    The plan by Russia, which was published on the government’s website, indicated that the country is set to build a naval base on Sudan’s Red Sea coast to resupply its fleet.

    The Russian naval base will stand on the northern outskirts of Port Sudan, according to coordinates named in the detailed document.

    According to the draft agreement with Khartoum signed by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Russia is to operate the naval base for 25 years – as long as neither party objects to its renewal.

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    Russian President Vladimir Putin has in recent years turned his eyes to Africa as it renews its geopolitical clout.

    Putin wooed Sudan with military and civilian nuclear cooperation, signing a deal between the countries’ armed forces in May 2019 set to last seven years.

    Russia is not ready to miss out on the African cake, already other foreign powers have established military bases in Africa.

    Djibouti hosts the highest number of foreign bases, US, France, Japan and China have all established naval bases there to expand their tactical presence.

    Sometimes this year, China mooted plans to establish a military base in Kenya sparking uproar from Kenyans who already see China as ‘recolonizing’ the country.

    The UK however has several military bases in Kenya under the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK).

    Batuk provides a location for combined arms light role infantry battle group exercises, forward operating bases and engineering.

    Related: China’s Military Targeting Kenya

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