The invasion of Ukraine exposes the growing gap between African and Western countries
The fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine brings to light the contradictions between African countries’ aspirations for strategic autonomy and the solidarity with a European country under attack demanded by their Western partners.
8e This week’s edition of the Dakar International Forum, a conference of leaders and experts on security in Africa, echoed these mutual misunderstandings.
“Africa is not against Ukraine, we should not have the impression that Africans are insensitive to the situation in Ukraine. That is not the case”The host of the forum was assured by Senegalese President Macky Sall, current Chairperson of the African Union (AU). “But when Ukraine is at war, invaded and attacked, Africa continues to be attacked by terrorism,” Africans say.He argued.
He lamented the lack of international solidarity with the continent in the face of economic crisis and disease, setting the tone for many interventions by African leaders.
A disparity was also moved by Mali’s Foreign Minister Abdoulaye Diop, a representative of a regime dominated by colonels who defected from the G5 Sahel organizations, which for him is highly sensitive. “French Pressure”. “In a matter of days, more than eight billion people have mobilized for Ukraine, where Africa is being asked to take a stand.He declared. It is a double standard principle. All human beings are equal, black, white, red, yellow. »
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