Hassan al-Bashir asks Vladmir Putin for 'protection' from US

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) meets with his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir in Sochi on November 23, 2017. PHOTO | SPUTNIK | MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV | AFP

What you need to know:

  • The visit came a month after the United States lifted a trade embargo it imposed on the impoverished African state in 1997 over Khartoum's alleged backing of Islamist militant groups.

  • US President Donald Trump also removed Sudan from a list of countries facing a US travel ban. 

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