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Zelensky and Africa’s disunity on the Russia-Ukraine crisis

…China’s position on Russia has possibly influenced the stance of some African states, as it is Africa’s largest trade partner, having overtaken the U.S. in 2009. This implies that the abstention of some African states may not necessarily be a pro-Russia stance, but reflects their strong ties with China.

On April 11, the African Union (AU) chairperson and Senegalese President Macky Sall noted that he had received a call from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. They discussed the global economic impact of the war in Ukraine and the salience of dialogue in the quest to end the conflict. Zelensky also asked to address the AU.


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