Lavrov denigrates West’s stance towards Africa on Ethiopia visit

by | Jul 27, 2022 | World

Russian foreign minister was in Addis Ababa wrapping up a four-nation African tour aimed at drumming up support for Moscow.Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said Moscow supports Ethiopia’s efforts to stabilise its internal political situation in remarks that sought to draw a contrast with what he presented as meddling by the West.
Lavrov was in Addis Ababa on Wednesday wrapping up a four-nation African tour aimed at drumming up support for Moscow at a time of confrontation with Western powers over the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Most African nations, mindful of economic interests and historical ties with both Russia and the West, have declined to take sides over Ukraine.
Ethiopia was considered a stalwart ally of the West until conflict broke out in November 2020 in its northern region of Tigray. The Ethiopian government has come under pressure from the United States and European Union over its conduct of the conflict, which has killed thousands and displaced millions.
“We confirmed our firm support for those efforts which the government is making to stabilise the situation and launch inclusive national dialogue to solve the key questions,” Lavrov said during a joint media briefing with his Ethiopian counterpart Demeke Mekonnen.
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Lavrov described African countries trying to define their own futures and solve their own problems as part of a trend towards a multipolar world …

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