African countries are unhappy with the West because of the food crisis, as they consider Western countries responsible for starting it. This was reported on June 14 by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper.
As the newspaper notes, African countries are angry with the policy of the West and do not trust it.
“Russia’s argument finds a wide response in Africa. Western sanctions are cited by [Senegal President Mackey] Sall and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa as the cause of the [food] crisis,” the newspaper’s observers say.
Russia’s position, on the contrary, arouses sympathy among African countries, as they see Moscow’s efforts to overcome the crisis, in particular, because of the Kremlin’s statements about its readiness to export grain to the region, the newspaper concludes.
The upcoming food crisis, caused, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin, by miscalculations by the West in the economy and energy, together with anti-Russian sanctions, has affected the African region. In particular, the representative of the economic council of the US administration, Cecilia Rose, warned that the situation that has arisen in the world food market threatens African countries with hunger.
At the same time, the Russian side is taking active steps to prevent famine in the African region. In particular, Oleg Ozerov, Ambassador-at-Large of the Russian Foreign Ministry, said that many African countries have turned to Russia for help in the supply of grain and fertilizers, which are currently under consideration.
Russia insists that overcoming problems with food supplies to countries vulnerable to famine is possible only if the restrictions imposed on it are lifted. This position was expressed on May 20 by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrey Rudenko, who focused on the fact that sanctions against the Russian Federation hinder free trade in food products, including wheat and fertilizers.