Russia-Ukraine crisis: US ‘demands’ strong African response against Russia

The United States says it is looking forward for a strong response from Africans against Russia in the ongoing geopolitical crisis. This was revealed by two US officials who are on a visit to Senegal. The US through the visiting officials promised ‘economic support’ at the backdrop of the call.

Since the advent of the crisis, African leaders remain divided over demands from the west to mobilize criticisms against Russia.

Whilst some take the line of caution, others ground their reasons in historical support and diplomatic relationship with Russia. The ‘neutral’ position of African countries commenced from the UN General Assembly’s vote.

Eritrea voted outrightly against the resolution to condemn Russia whilst the likes of Senegal, Angola, Algeria, Burundi, Central African Republic, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania and Zimbabwe decide to abstain from the voting.

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South Africa for instance has been very open about their position as the President, Cyril Ramaphosa has on several counts blamed NATO for the ongoing war. He stated that, “the war could have been avoided if NATO had heeded the warnings from amongst its own leaders and officials over the years that its eastward expansion would lead to greater, not less, instability in the region.”

Do you think the West can persuade African leaders to alter their position on the ongoing geopolitical crisis, especially with the use of alluring economic promises?

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