Russia Courts African Nations and Aims to Deflect Blame for Food Crisis

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov During a four-nation tour of Africa, he dismissed Western accusations that his country was responsible for a deadly hunger crisis on the continent and thanked leaders for not joining the US and European sanctions against Moscow.

Mr Lavrov’s trip – with stops in Egypt, the Republic of Congo, Uganda and Ethiopia – coincided with a visit by the French President Emmanuel Macron in three West African states and illustrates the intensifying struggle for influence on a continent that has so far largely sought to remain on the sidelines in the global confrontation surrounding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. During her own visit to Kenya over the weekend, US Agency for International Development Administrator Samantha Power said the war and resulting blockade of Ukrainian grain exports had worsened the effects of East Africa’s worst drought in at least four decades, driving up food prices and pushing millions to the brink of starvation. Russia Courts African Nations and Aims to Deflect Blame for Food Crisis

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