German newspaper: Russia is seeking to establish military bases in 6 African countries

German newspaper “Bild” reported that Russia has taken permits to establish military bases in 6 African countries, including Egypt and Sudan.

The newspaper, quoting a secret report of the German Foreign Ministry, on Tuesday, that Russia had concluded military cooperation agreements with 21 African countries since 2015, while it had cooperation agreements with only four countries in Africa before that date.

The newspaper added that according to those agreements, Moscow obtained guarantees to establish military bases in Egypt, the Central African Republic, Eritrea, Madagascar, Mozambique, and Sudan.

According to the newspaper, Russia is secretly, from time to time formally training the forces of these countries, as it has in this context 180 soldiers in the Central African Republic.

The newspaper pointed out that Moscow trains about 20 soldiers from Mali in Russia annually.

The newspaper pointed out that Russia is not only sending official soldiers to African countries, but also active activity there through the forces of security companies such as “Wagner”, despite Moscow’s denial of its management of these forces.

According to German experts, Moscow aims, through the forces of Russian security companies, to achieve political, economic and military gains in Africa.