Chad’s President Idriss Deby met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. Putin congratulated Deby on stabilizing Chad and expressed support for the upcoming elections. Deby offered condolences to Putin following a military plane crash in Russia. Chad has been a stronghold of French influence in the region, but the meeting in Moscow suggests a potential shift towards building ties with Russia. This comes after Niger’s prime minister visited Moscow last week, resulting in an agreement to develop military ties.