By Névine Schepers, Research Analyst, Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy at the International Institute for Security Studies (IISS).
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov embarked on a tour of sub-Saharan Africa last month to strengthen bilateral ties with several countries and discuss prospects for collaboration on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Lavrov’s visit to countries including Ethiopia, Angola and Namibia follows agreements on civil nuclear energy cooperation signed with the Republic of Congo in February, with Sudan last December and with Nigeria last October. Before being ruled unlawful last April, Russia had also finalised a contract for the expansion of South Africa’s nuclear energy programme. Read more.