- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has rallied African countries to support his country in the ongoing war with Russia Zelenskyy told African countries that Russia was attempting to buy their loyalty and freedoms with oil He said Putin was not a reliable partner to solve Africa’s problems as he doesn’t truly trust in Africa
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has sent the strongest message yet to African countries since Russia invaded his country, asking the continent to take a firm stance for justice. Zelenskyy held a rare virtual meeting with journalists from Africa on Thursday, August 4, 2022, where he warned countries on the continent to be wary about recent friendly gestures by Russia.
“Russia is not investing in African countries. That means Russia does not believe in you. All they are doing is making political investments. They have just 1% of investments in Africa, yet they are 30 times the size of Ukraine,” Zelenskyy said via a translator during the virtual press conference that lasted for about an hour.
In February 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine after dismissing concerns that it was planning an attack. Vladimir Putin cited the presence of ‘Nazists’ in Zelenskyy-led Ukraine, but the invasion has been blamed on Ukraine’s openness to joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.
“Ukraine would like the African countries not just to support us…but they should support the truth. There is no value we can attach to freedom, and Russia cannot be using the oil to buy the freedom of others,” he stressed.
The President of Ukraine said post Soviet Union Russia has merely been paying lip service to partnering Africa for growth and development. “All Russian investments are just political.
Russia comes to you, tells you that they are a great state, the heir of the Soviet Union. Russia tells you ‘we need to expand our ties.’ But what is all this about?