“We have consistently moved towards the return of Ukraine to Africa in the literal sense,” he said on the air of the Ukraine 24 TV channel.
This is how the minister commented on the decision of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to appoint a special representative for Africa and the Middle East in the country. According to him, Kyiv’s positions on the African continent “were significantly lost over the previous decades.”
Meanwhile, diplomatic relations between Africa and Russia continue to develop. On July 22, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Larvov said that Moscow was ready to increase partnership with Africa. According to him, the time-tested “bonds of friendship and cooperation” lie at the heart of the Russian side’s relations with African countries. So he noted that Russian-African relations are valuable in nature and do not depend on fluctuations in the international situation.
Before that, on June 16, the Russia-Africa Business Dialogue was held, dedicated to the priorities of Russian-African cooperation in a changing world order. It was noted that in this difficult, critical time, the course towards a strategic partnership with Africa is being put forward among the priorities of Russia’s foreign policy.
On June 3, Russian President Vladimir Putin, at a meeting with the President of the African Union, the leader of Senegal, Maki Sall, said that Russia would develop relations with the states of the continent. He stressed that Russia has always been on the side of Africa, supporting it in the fight against colonialism.