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Africans ‘Victims’ of the Ukraine War, AU Head Tells Putin

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Macky Sall has instructed the Russian chief the ban on grain and fertilizer is inflicting a meals disaster on the African continent. Russia says the blame lies elsewhere.

The top of the African Union (AU), Macky Sall, has instructed Russian President Vladimir Putin that Africa was “on the mercy” of the battle in Ukraine.

Putin on Friday hosted Sall, who can be Senegal’s President and Moussa Faki Mahamat, chairman of the AU Fee, within the southern Russian metropolis of Sochi.

“Our nations, even when they’re removed from the theatre (of motion), are victims on an financial stage,” Sall instructed Putin.

He known as for a lifting of the export blockade on grain and fertilizer.

Putin didn’t point out grain provides however stated Russia was “all the time on Africa’s facet” and was now eager to ramp up cooperation.

How is the meals disaster affecting Africa?

Greater than 44% of wheat consumed in nations on the continent comes from Russia and Ukraine, in accordance with UN figures. Wheat costs have soared round 45% on account of the availability disruption, in accordance with the African Growth Financial institution.

The UN has warned that 18 million individuals are going through extreme starvation within the Sahel, the a part of Africa slightly below the Sahara Desert the place farmers are going through their worst agricultural manufacturing in additional than a decade.

One other 13 million individuals face extreme starvation within the Horn of Africa area on account of a persistent drought.

Russia blames Western sanctions

Russia controls a lot of Ukraine’s entry to its Black Sea ports, nevertheless it continues guilty Kyiv and the West for the ensuing blockage in grain exports from the nation.