The East African - - OUTLOOK -

Touadera con­tin­ues to cosy up to Rus­sia. The Cen­tral African pres­i­dent met his Rus­sian coun­ter­part, Vladimir Putin, last week in St Peters­burg, where Putin said he hoped to forge even closer ties. It’s too soon to say how or if Western na­tions will re­spond — much de­pends on how much value they place on main­tain­ing their in­flu­ence in Africa. But one se­nior diplo­mat based in the Cen­tral African Repub­lic said that Rus­sia’s quick re­sults have al­ready em­bar­rassed other del­e­ga­tions. “Rus­sia de­liv­ers, we talk,” the diplo­mat said. “That’s the im­pres­sion. And it’s not wrong.”

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