Ukraine war is hurting Africa, South African President Ramaphosa tells Putin

African leaders met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on a “peace mission” to address the ongoing Ukraine war, which is impacting Africa.

Mission details: African leaders from Comoros, Senegal, South Africa, and Zambia, as well as Egypt’s prime minister and top envoys from the Republic of Congo and Uganda, visited Putin after meeting Ukrainian President Zelenskyy to discuss the nearly 16-month conflict.
* Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov revealed the Africans’ peace plan consisted of 10 elements but was not on paper.
* Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov acknowledged the difficulty in implementing the plan, but Putin showed interest in considering it.

Africa’s concern: African countries rely on food and fertilizer deliveries from Russia and Ukraine, and the war impedes these essential exports.
* South African President Cyril Ramaphosa emphasized the negative impact of the conflict on Africa during a news conference with Zelenskyy and other African leaders.

Challenges for peace: Ukraine demands Russia withdraw its troops from occupied territories, while Russia wants Ukraine to recognize the annexed Crimean Peninsula and other land gains as a condition for peace talks.
* The African peace mission’s success remains uncertain, as both sides hold vastly different stances.

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