Russia looms large on Scholz's first Africa tour as chancellor

FILE PHOTO: German Chancellor Olaf Scholz attends a news conference with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte after a meeting in The Hague, Netherlands, May 19, 2022. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

BERLIN (Reuters) - Russia's impact on energy and food prices and security will provide the backdrop to Olaf Scholz's first trip to Africa as German Chancellor, a three-day tour of Senegal, Niger and South Africa kicking off on Sunday.

The first stop on Scholz's trip is Senegal, which has billions of cubic metres of gas reserves and is expected to become a major gas producer in the region.

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