During the course of 2019, Russia renewed its effort to exert its presence beyond Eurasia and Syria — its most recent target is Africa.

In October, the president of the Central African Republic (CAR) Faustin-Archange Touadéra revealed that he was open to the prospect of a Russian military base in the country. In an interview with Russian state media, Touadéra said that he has asked Russia for more shipments of military hardware for his forces.

Since 2012, CAR has found itself embroiled in a civil war between the government and rebel forces. By some estimates, over 1.2 million people have been displaced by the conflict in a country of just over five million: This is the highest rate of displacement of any country.

While the government of the Central African Republic has received extensive support from the Russian government, including arms and training, it is not the only country that has sparked Moscow’s interest. In September, it was announced that Russia will be building a logistics center in Eritrea at one of the east African country’s ports.