Putin accuses Black Sea Grain Initiative of unfairly treating Africa
Monday June 19, 2023
Oh boy, Vladimir Putin is not happy with the Black Sea Grain Initiative. He’s going off on them, saying their “figures are dry and impartial”. Can you believe it?
Speaking to the African delegation in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on Saturday, Putin went on a rant about how only a tiny percentage of Ukraine’s exports end up in Africa’s crisis spots. He says it’s just over 3%! Whoa, that’s a pretty low number, don’t ya think?
The Black Sea Grain Initiative was supposed to help with the global food crisis caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It allows food and fertiliser to be exported from Ukrainian ports. But according to Putin, it’s not doing enough.
He’s pointing the finger at the US and Europe, saying they’re to blame for this imbalance. He’s calling them “European neo-colonial powers” and accusing them of deceiving the international community and African countries in need. Shots fired!
Last month, Putin even threatened to go directly to African countries to supply fertiliser if his demands in the deal weren’t met. He wants things like Black Sea ammonia shipments and reconnecting the Russian Agricultural Bank to the SWIFT payment system. Talk about getting specific!
But hey, the current deal only lasts until July 17, so we’ll see what happens next.
Putin also made a point about how Europe’s exports to Africa won’t solve the food insecurity issue. According to him, African countries need more than just Ukrainian grain.
In the future, Russia will be hosting a big delegation of African leaders in Saint Petersburg for the second Russia-Africa summit. Putin is pretty excited about it, calling it a milestone for “promising new directions of cooperation”. He wants Africa to have a bigger role in the world. Sounds like a game-changer!
It’s interesting how Russia and its rivals, the US and Europe, seem to be on the same page when it comes to Africa. Putin says he respects African states’ position on global and regional stability, peaceful conflict resolution, and creating a more just international model. He’s all about that independent and peaceful policy, you know?
The African delegation that went to Ukraine and Russia included some pretty big names like President Cyril Ramaphosa and Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema. They were trying to inspire peace talks, but it looks like Putin had other ideas.
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