Putin invites African leaders to St Petersburg

The second Russia-Africa summit will take place in July in the ‘Venice of the north’

Russian president Vladimir Putin has invited African leaders to attend the second Russia-Africa summit in St Petersburg in July, calling the event an opportunity to expand Moscow’s cooperation with nations across the continent.

“I am sure that the second Russia-Africa summit … will make it possible to define new tasks for expanding our country’s constructive cooperation with African partners in the political, trade, economic, scientific, technical, humanitarian and other fields,” Putin said in a statement on Thursday.

The president expressed his congratulations to the African Union (AU) on its 60th anniversary and praised it as an international organization that has been instrumental in promoting “multilateral dialogue and cooperation” for decades.

The Russian leader also praised the union’s collaborative efforts, which, he said, had enabled the…


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