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The European Commission has today announced €140m of funding for the countries currently affected by the Ebola virus in West Africa: Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria.

€38 million of the new package is specifically designed to help those governments bolster their health services (for example through reinforcing treatment centers or support for health workers), both during the crisis and in the recovery phase. It will also provide support in the areas of food security, water and sanitation, which are essential in terms of safeguarding the health of the population.

Visit comes amidst possible new sanctions by the EU and the US against Russia over its military engagement in Ukraine 

In what could be seen as Russia’s diplomatic effort to win Africa’s favor to its contested military role in eastern Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s is expected to pay a second visit Ethiopia in Mid September, Russian Ambassador to Ethiopia Vsevolod Tkachenko said told state news agency ENA. This would be the second time for Lavrov to visit Ethiopia. PM Lavrov first visited Ethiopia in 2006.