DAILY GEOPOLITICAL INSIGHTS: The Geopolitical News Roundup & Analysis for Thursday 27th July 2023
Geopolitical Insights By: Iain Fraser – Associate Publisher GEÓ
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DAILY GEOPOLITICAL INSIGHTS: Good Morning from the GEÓ Newsroom in Gibraltar. Geopolitical Insights for Thursday 27th July 2023 including Putin hosts the Russia-Africa Summit in St Petersburg, conflicting reports on Ukraine Counter-offensive and Coup in Niger ousts President Bazoum. Learn More /… Register Free for our full analysis of today´s Coverage
RUSSIA-AFRICA SUMMIT – ST. PETERSBURG
All western eyes will be on Russian president Vladimir Putin this morning as he welcomes the various African delegations to St Petersburg for the latest Russia-Africa Summit with the “guest list” being closely scrutinised by London, Paris and Washington and the UN HQ in New York.
However, unlike the inaugural event in 2019 where 43 African delegations attended, this there are only 17 African nations represented; but which countries will be given valuable “air time” by being invited to speak and more importantly which countries will sign off agreements with Putin and Russia the pariah state he single-handedly created.
It is already accepted that Russia is expanding its “political, military & economic” footprint throughout sub-Saharan Africa alongside China, India, Turkey, South Korea and and Japan. This is a fluid news story – follow updates via @GEO_IntelDesk on Twitter using Hashtag #RussiaAfrica
UKRAINE WAR: COUNTER-OFFENSIVE UPDATE
Mixed messages are reaching us on the progress of the Ukraine Counter-offensive as well as contradictory reports in the mainstream media, with some channels reporting a stalemate but others reporting steady but sure progress with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy telling the press that the much awaited Counter-offensive is not moving as speedily as he would like.
Ukraine’s counteroffensive is “not a stalemate” even if it is not progressing fast enough, White House national security spokesman John Kirby told the press yesterday  reporters on Wednesday. President Zelenskiy himself has said that it’s not progressing as fast as he would like and they’re not moving as far every day as they would like. The United States is “not going to take a position on that,” Kirby said. This is a fluid news story – follow updates via @GEO_IntelDesk on Twitter using Hashtag #Ukraine
COUP IN NIGER HAS REPLACED PRESIDENT BAZOUM
According to a statement broadcast in national television Niger´s combined Defence and Security forces have removed incumbent President Mohamed Bazoum and his government in a concerted coup prompting immediate calls from the US for Bazoum´s immediate release.
The statement, read by Colonel-Major Amadou Abdramane, said defence and security forces had decided: “Put an end to the regime that you know due to the deteriorating security situation and bad governance.” This is a fluid news story – follow updates via @GEO_IntelDesk on Twitter using Hashtag #Niger