That’s according to Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, who spoke in Ghana on Friday during her tour across Africa.
“I’ve also heard from some that Africans don’t really want to be pressured to pick a side or take a certain position. I understand that. None of us want to repeat the Cold War. And Africans have the right to decide their foreign policy positions, free of pressure and manipulation, free of threats,” the envoy said.
She also made it clear that it is due to Russia’s actions, not those of Ukraine, that dozens of millions in Africa are now facing a threat of famine.
“I’ve heard many African leaders say they want diplomacy to end the war, and we could not agree more. Moscow and Kyiv will need to find ways to live together in peace. It’s always better to solve disagreements at the negotiating table and not on the battlefield. Unfortunately, we’ve seen no indication that Russia is prepared to accept a diplomatic solution,” said the ambassador.
The diplomat also noted that good-faith dialogue and negotiations must be held on terms “the Ukrainians themselves decide.”
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