Russia Needs Friends. Africa, Needing Food, Isn’t Turning Its Back.

Paul Stronski, a senior fellow on the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace who has studied Russia’s relations with Africa, stated the United States and Europe preferred to assume that Russia has been remoted because it invaded Ukraine.

“Macky Sall’s visit on behalf of the African Union, the votes at the U.N., show that Russia might be isolated from America, Europe, Taiwan and Japan, but necessarily not from the rest of the world,” he stated.

The African Union has vowed to stay in a impartial position within the battle, and Mr. Sall has tried to cast himself as a possible mediator. Yet in follow, some analysts say, the African Union has confirmed deference to Russia.

That was evident when, after his talks with Mr. Putin, Mr. Sall was scheduled to fly again to Africa on Friday with out meeting with the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky.

In addition, Mr. Zelensky has requested for months to deal with the African Union, and regardless that Mr. Sall stated this week that the Ukrainian chief might quickly handle the group in a videoconference, no date has been introduced.

Joseph Siegle, the director of analysis on the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, an arm of the Pentagon’s National Defense University, famous that Mr. Putin has tried to painting his invasion of Ukraine as an ideological battle towards the West. That message has resonated throughout Africa, he stated.

Mr. Putin has even used the looming grain scarcity to cast the United States and its allies in dangerous gentle, he stated. “He is twisting the narrative to suggest that the sanctions are causing the pain and price inflation for food across the globe, rather than acknowledging that the entire food crisis related to the conflict is his making,” Mr. Siegle stated.

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