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African nations do not want to get involved in new Cold War, ‘choose between West, China and Russia’

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During a visit to four African countries late last month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in particular, thanked local authorities for not supporting Western countries’ anti-Russian sanctions and blamed the EU and the US for rising food prices, saying that Africa Proposed to buy Russian oil. .

Unwillingness to drag Africa into ‘new Cold War’ between Russia and US remains a major hurdle for Washington Sub-Saharan Africareported by Foreign Policy magazine.

This is according to news outlet Stars and Stripes, citing an unnamed US Department of Defense (DoD) source, saying that African nations would be “in an alternative Cold War scenario where they would have to choose between the West and Russia.” It was also reflected in his statement that he doesn’t want to be or China. ”

The allegation comes after a White House official told reporters on Monday that the new “U.S. Strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa” ​​will actively engage regional leaders on issues ranging from climate change to climate change. He continued after saying that he would. COVID-19 Pandemic A return to food security while thinking “more holistically” about military engagement on the continent.

The Biden administration outlined a strategy, arguing that promoting openness and democracy in sub-Saharan Africa would help “counter harmful activities by the People’s Republic of China, Russia and other actors.” .

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Beijing sees the region as “an arena to challenge the rules-based international order and promote its own narrow commercial and geopolitical interests,” according to a new US policy document for Sub-Saharan Africa. […] Weaken US relations with African peoples and governments. ”

The strategy cites Russia as a country that “sees the region as a tolerant environment for parastate enterprises and private military companies, often fostering instability for strategic and financial gain.”

The 17-page document was released on the heels of a trip to Africa by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov late last month, which included Egypt, the Republic of the Congo, Uganda and Ethiopia. The tour came amid Moscow’s efforts to strengthen its support from African countries. African countries have largely refused to support sanctions against the US and its ally Russia. special operations in progress Demilitarization and de-nazification of Ukraine.

At a joint press conference with Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, Lavrov told his Sputnik correspondent that regardless of the actions taken by the West, the new foreign policy guidelines being developed by the Kremlin will include Russia’s relations with African countries. It said it needed to include provisions to strengthen it.

“We have the principle of a long-term relationship that does not depend on the current world situation, and our work in the field of relations with African countries will expand. Objectively speaking, the role of the African continent will grow in our work, given the current activities we are doing,” Lavrov said.

At a press conference, Russia’s top diplomat said the “independent path” of African countries’ refusal to join Western sanctions against Russia and “the United States and its European satellites gaining the upper hand and imposing a unipolar world order. “

The remarks came after Foreign Policy magazine said that in NATO’s attempt to “stand up” to Russia and China’s efforts to expand their global influence, the new Cold War “just erupted.” “We are already global,” he said.



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