Thursday, April 25, 2024

Americans Down; Russians Up in Niger

 The Financial Times published on 24 April 2024 an article titled "Russian Troop Arrival Spells End for US Military Presence in Niger" by Aanu Adeoye.

Following the arrival in Niger of 100 Russian troops with its Africa Corps, the United States announced that, at the request of the Nigerien military regime, it will remove its 1,000 military and civilian personnel from an airbase in the northern part of the country.  According to the article, Niger's main reason for embracing Moscow is "protecting the regime," particularly from France, which it accuses of plotting its demise.  In spite of the deteriorating Niger-US relationship, Washington is trying to maintain a presence and some limited influence in the country.