Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba toured the African continent last week and earlier this week, visiting Senegal, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Kenya, among others.
Africa and Ukraine “they are in the same fate,” the head of Ukrainian diplomacy said today, saying that “every Russian missile not only hits Ukrainians, but also affects the quality of life of Africans.”
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba toured the African continent last week and earlier this week, visiting Senegal, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Kenya, among others.
He cut short his tour of Africa on Monday after massive Russian bombings in Ukraine.
“We are boiling in the same cauldron,” the Ukrainian foreign minister said during an online press conference organized with African media, referring in particular to the war’s impact on “global food security.”
He added that “830,000 tons of grain have been delivered to African countries” since July.
Ukraine and Russia are among the world’s biggest exporters of grain, whose prices have soared since the start of the war. The opening of an export corridor on the Black Sea helped to stem this increase.
Kuleba also welcomed Wednesday’s vote by the UN General Assembly on a resolution condemning the “illegal annexations” of Ukrainian territory.
The United Nations General Assembly condemned the recent “illegal annexations” of four Ukrainian regions to the Russian Federation, approving the draft resolution tabled by 143 votes to 5 with 35 abstentions.
“I was particularly pleased to see that the four countries I visited in Africa (…) supported this resolution,” Kuleba said.
Eritrea, which in March rejected the resolution condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine, this time abstained. “It’s a step in the right direction,” Kuleba said.
The Ukrainian foreign minister also underlined the abstention of the Central African Republic, “a country militarily dependent on Russia”, where mercenaries of the Russian private military company Wagner have been deployed there for several years now.
“Russia’s biggest investment in Africa is sending Wagner mercenaries,” he said.
Asked about recent comments by Kenyan President William Ruto, who said he was open to buying Russian oil, the Ukrainian foreign minister stressed that “Kenya voted for the resolution,” before continuing that the country “has the sovereign right to do what it wants.” ,what does she want”.
Kuleba added that Ukraine is “ready to receive President Macky Sall”, the head of state of Senegal and current chairman of the African Union, but no date has been set for such a visit.
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