Russia courts African nations and aims to clear blame for food crisis

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov During the four-nation tour of Africa, Western dismissed allegations that his country was guilty a deadly hunger crisis He thanked the leaders for not engaging in US and European sanctions on the continent and against Moscow.

Mr Lavrov’s visit – with stops in Egypt, Republic of Congo, Uganda and Ethiopia – coincided with the visit of the President of France Emmanuel Macron for the three West African states, highlighting the intense battle for influence on a continent that has so far sought to live on the brink of a massive global confrontation Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, During his visit to Kenya over the weekend, the US Agency for International Development Administrator Samantha Power stated that the blockade as a result of the war and Ukrainian grain exports had amplified its effect. East Africa’s worst drought In at least four decades, soaring food prices and pushing millions of people to the brink of starvation.