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Reuters: African delegation might ask Russia to withdraw troops from Ukraine

by Martin Fornusek June 15, 2023 10:47 PM 2 min read
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa (R) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) attend the first plenary session of the 2019 Russia-Africa Summit at the Sirius Park of Science and Art in Sochi, Russia, on Oct. 24, 2019. (Photo by Sergei Chirikov/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
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An African delegation heading to Ukraine and Russia this week to propose "confidence-building measures" to facilitate peace between the two countries, Reuters reported on June 15.

According to a framework document seen by Reuters, the proposed measures might include the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine, the removal of tactical nuclear weapons from Belarusian territory, and a suspension of the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) arrest warrant against Russia's President Vladimir Putin.

On May 22, the Associated Press reported that a delegation including presidents of South Africa, Senegal, Egypt, the Republic of the Congo, Uganda, and Zambia to visit Ukraine and Russia to "initiate a peace process" and discuss the export of Ukrainian grain and Russian fertilizers.

As Ukraine looks West, Russia wins over Africa
Since its independence, Ukraine’s diplomatic efforts have focused primarily on looking West. Meanwhile, Russia has set its sights all over the world. While the Euro-Atlantic world has been firm in its support of Ukraine, condemning Russia’s all-out war, the African continent, home to 54 countries a…

The group headed by Senegal's President Macky Sall and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will arrive in Kyiv on June 16 and in Saint Petersburg on June 17, Reuters wrote, referring to an undisclosed framework document.

"The conflict, as well as the sanctions placed on Russia by major trading partners of the (African) Continent, have had an adverse effect on African economies and livelihoods," the document said.

Ceasefire in Ukraine should be followed by negotiations between Russia and the West.

While most of the African countries have claimed neutrality in the war, Moscow has long nurtured good relations with the governments on the African continent.

In late May, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba set off on a diplomatic tour to Africa, seeking to win over African nations and promote President Volodymyr Zelensky's peace formula.

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