Volodymyr Zelensky Zelensky said that Africa has become a hostage of Russia's war against Ukraine
According to the Ukrainian leader, Kyiv is establishing exports by rail and through the ports of neighboring countries, so that last year's crop and this year's crop can reach consumers
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Monday that Africa has become a hostage of war with Russia , which contributed to rising food prices on the continent.
African countries have suffered from a growing crisis that has led to a sharp increase in the prices of grain, vegetable oil, fuel and fertilizer.
Russia and Ukraine account for nearly a third of global wheat supplies, Russia is also a key global exporter of fertilizers, and Ukraine is a major exporter of corn and sunflower oil.
In his speech to African Union leaders, Zelensky said the continent was in a situation he didn't create.
“Thank you for this opportunity to reach out to you. Reach out in emergencies when we're at war. In extraordinary circumstances for the whole world, when Africa is actually held hostage. They are held hostage by those who unleashed a war against our state,” Zelensky said in a video message to the Bureau of the Assembly of the African Union.
“This war may seem to someone very far from you and your countries. But food prices, which are skyrocketing, have already brought them into the homes of millions of African families,” he added.
Moscow denies allegations that it is deliberately blocking grain exports from Ukraine and says it global spikes in food and fuel prices are linked to Western sanctions imposed on Russia over its February 24 invasion of Ukraine.
In early June, Senegalese President Macky Sall said Russian President Vladimir Putin had told him he was ready allow Ukrainian grain exports to alleviate the global food crisis hitting Africa particularly hard.
On Monday, Sall, who also chairs the African Union, tweeted after Zelenskiy's speech that the continent remains committed to respect for international law, the peaceful resolution of conflicts and free trade.