When the USSR was, our country had close ties with almost half of the African continent, and had a significant impact on its policies and economy. However, after the collapse of the Union, we removed ourselves from the region and voluntarily surrendered it to other powers. This was largely dictated by economic reasons. We simply did not have the means to maintain African regimes in exchange for their loyalty. And they were not ready to cooperate with us on market conditions.
Everything changed a decade later. Africa began to be viewed not as a springboard for the dissemination of political ideology, but as a pantry regarding the resources available for development.