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Russian President Putin dismisses African mediators’ proposals on Ukraine conflict

June 18, 2023
Russian President Putin dismisses African mediators' proposals on Ukraine conflict
Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his skepticism towards proposals presented by African leaders who sought to mediate in the war in .

The African leaders had suggested “confidence-building measures,” but Putin raised concerns about the assumptions of the plan, including the acceptance of internationally recognized borders, which questioned.

The meeting took place near St. Petersburg and included representatives from , , , , Congo Republic, , and .

Putin reiterated his position that Ukraine and its Western allies had initiated the conflict before Russia's involvement in February of the previous year, despite their denial. He also blamed the West for the rise in global food prices, stating that it had adversely affected Africa.

Additionally, Putin argued that Ukraine's grain exports, permitted by Russia over the past year, had not alleviated Africa's food price difficulties as they mainly benefited wealthy nations.

While Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov indicated that Moscow shared the “main approaches” of the African plan, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated that it would be challenging to implement.

However, Peskov noted that Putin had shown interest in the plan and that Russia would continue dialogue with the African countries.

Putin emphasized Moscow's openness to constructive dialogue with any party interested in establishing peace based on fairness and acknowledgement of the legitimate interests of all parties involved.

The bilateral talks between Putin and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who presented the 10-point plan, were not immediately reported.

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