The Russian Foreign Ministry accused the West of blackmailing African countries

The Russian Foreign Ministry accused the West of blackmailing African countries

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The West is putting pressure on African states that express a desire to take part in the Russia-Africa summit. This does not cause “delight” among African countries. Oleg Ozerov, Ambassador-at-Large of the Russian Foreign Ministry, head of the secretariat of the Russia-Africa Partnership Forum, told reporters about this on Thursday.

The first Russia-Africa summit took place in October 2019. The second summit is to be held in July 2023 in St. Petersburg.

“Of course, this is all in the public sphere, it is easy to read on the Internet according to the statements made by Western partners, including those who come to African countries. I cannot say that this causes delight among the African states. Undisguised blackmail…” Ozerov is quoted by RIA Novosti.

At the same time, he explained that the Russian side proceeds from the fact that African countries are sovereign and have their own political will to make decisions that meet their national interests.

Earlier, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that work is currently ongoing with African colleagues on filling the second summit. At the same time, he assured that Russia is constantly promoting coordination through the foreign policy departments with the states of the region.

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