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A Russian plane delivers 10,000 AK-47 rifles to the Afghan National Security Forces. Hedayatullah Amid/EPA

Why Russia is back in Afghanistan

Russia is pursuing influence in Central Asia and competing with the US. Afghanistan offers it a chance to do both.
Sergei Lavrov (right) with the UN-backed Libyan prime minister, Fayez al-Sarraj. EPA/Sergei Ilnitsky

Russia has a serious stake in Libya’s uncertain future

After abstaining on a key Security Council vote in 2011, Moscow lost billions of dollars in Libyan contracts as well as its say in international security governance. It wants both back.

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