Dmytro Kuleba~, the foreign minister of Ukraine, is pleading with African nations to end their neutral positions towards his nation’s conflict with Russia. Several African nations abstained from voting at the UN General Assembly denouncing Russia’s invasion as a result of their refusal to take sides in the European conflict. Of them, Ethiopia is one.
Kuleba said Ukraine was “very upset that some African countries chose to abstain” in a speech he gave on Wednesday in Addis Abeba, the capital of Ethiopia. He urged them to help Ukraine diplomatically “in the face of Russian aggression.” He told the media that neutrality was not the solution. “By projecting neutrality to the border violations and mass crimes that may take place very close to you,” the author writes, “you project neutrality to the Russian aggression against Ukraine.”
Wagner, a Russian private military contractor, is working in numerous regions of Africa, where Russia has established a sizable presence. Recently, South Africa and Russia participated in joint military exercises.
. Kuleba emphasized Ukraine’s desire to establish “mutually beneficial” relations with Africa centered on commerce in energy, technology, and medicines as well as his demand for African nations to support the “ten-point peace formula” put forth by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in December. “We have to remind each other of the importance of Africa to Ukraine and the importance of Ukraine to Africa,” Kubela added, acknowledging that Ukraine’s prior stance toward the continent was marked by “inertia.” Grain exports to Africa are substantial from both Ukraine and Russia. Currently traveling through Africa, Kubela has also stopped in Rwanda and Morocco.
He spoke with the leaders of Ethiopia’s government, including Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, the African Union Commission’s current chair, Moussa Faki Mahamat, and the Comoros, Azali Assoumani. through October, Kubela traveled to Africa for the first time, stopping through Senegal, the Ivory Coast, Ghana, and Kenya. After Russia started attacking Ukrainian infrastructure, the vacation was cut short. Since the outbreak of the Ukraine War, Sergey Lavrov, his Russian counterpart, has been actively working to strengthen ties with African nations, travelling the continent once in 2021 and at least twice so far this year.
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