Liberia President George Weah has issued a major foreign policy statement restricting the West African nation’s diplomatic relationship to countries that have friendly ties with the United States as Russia influence grows in the region.
“If you are not friend of America, you are not our friend,” Weah told lawmakers Monday in the capital Monrovia.
“We are traditional allies and there is no compromise.”
Russia has arguably expanded its influence in Africa in recent years more than any other external actor, according to the African Center for Strategic studies. These engagements extend from deepening ties in North and West Africa, expanding its reach in the Central African Republic and the Sahel, and rekindling Cold War ties in southern Africa.