African leaders press Putin on grain deal and peace plan for Ukraine

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African leaders press Putin on grain deal and peace plan for Ukraine

African leaders urged Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday to proceed with their peace plan to end the Ukraine war and renew a deal on the export of Ukrainian grain that Moscow terminated last week. Their interventions during the summit with Putin served as reminders of the African concern regarding the consequences of the war, particularly in relation to food prices.

Congo Republic President Denis Sassou Nguesso emphasized the importance of the African peace initiative and urged Putin and fellow African leaders in St Petersburg to give it the utmost attention. He also called for the urgent restoration of peace in Europe.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a significant buyer of grain through the Black Sea route, urged Russia to revive the Black Sea grain deal. This deal allowed Ukraine to export grain from its seaports despite the ongoing war. Sisi stressed the need to reach an agreement on reviving the deal.

In response, Putin argued that rising global food prices were a result of Western policy mistakes predating the Ukraine war. He explained that Russia terminated the Black Sea agreement because it was not effectively delivering grain to the poorest countries and the West was not fulfilling its obligations.

Since withdrawing from the deal, Russia has conducted multiple airstrikes on Ukrainian ports and grain depots. This has led to accusations from Ukraine and the West that Russia is using food as a weapon of war, resulting in a further increase in global grain prices.

During the St Petersburg summit, Putin aimed to strengthen Russia’s ties with Africa by promising increased trade and investment. He presented the countries attending the summit with the promise of delivering free Russian grain in the coming months.

Regarding the African peace proposal on Ukraine, Putin stated that Moscow respected it and was carefully studying its details. However, when the plan was initially presented to him by a group of African presidents last month, Putin responded with a list of Russian grievances against Ukraine and the West.

Russia has consistently expressed openness to talks but insists that these discussions must consider the “new realities” on the ground. Russia currently controls nearly a fifth of Ukraine’s territory and has claimed four Ukrainian regions as its own after 17 months of war.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has rejected the idea of a ceasefire that would leave Russia in control of the disputed land and provide its forces with an opportunity to regroup.

In conclusion, African leaders used the summit to urge Putin to prioritize their peace plan for Ukraine and revive the Black Sea grain deal. Putin, in turn, defended Russia’s actions and blamed Western policies for rising food prices. The summit also served as an opportunity for Putin to strengthen Russia’s ties with Africa and present promises of increased trade and investment. The African peace proposal was acknowledged by Putin, although he had previously responded critically to it. The article also highlights the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, with Zelenskiy rejecting a ceasefire that would leave Russia in control of Ukrainian territory.

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