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Ukraine president says Africa 'hostage' in war with Russia

“(I) address you in a state of emergency, when we have a war. In an emergency for the whole world, when Africa is actually taken hostage. Hostage of those who started the war against our state,” Zelenskyy said in a video speech to the Bureau of the Assembly of the African Union.

“This war may seem very distant to you and your countries. But catastrophically rising food prices have already brought it home to millions of African families.”

Moscow rejects accusations it is deliberately blocking grain exports from Ukraine and says global food and fuel price hikes are due to Western sanctions imposed on Russia over the Feb. 24 invasion, which it calls a “special military operation”.

In early June, Senegal’s President Macky Sall said Russia’s Vladimir Putin had told him he was ready to enable the export of Ukrainian grain to ease a global food crisis that was hitting Africa especially hard.

On Monday, Sall, who is also the chairman of the African Union, said on Twitter after Zelenskyy’s speech the continent remained committed to respecting international law, peacefully resolving conflicts and free trade. 

Source: TimesLIVE

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