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Lavrov denigrates West’s stance towards Africa during Ethiopia visit

Lavrov denigrates West’s stance towards Africa during Ethiopia visit

GIULIA PARAVICINI RUSSIAN Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow supported 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 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…
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Russia’s Lavrov to visit Africa as Moscow seeks non-Western ties

Russia’s Lavrov to visit Africa as Moscow seeks non-Western ties

AIDAN LEWIS RUSSIAN foreign minister Sergei Lavrov will begin an African tour in Egypt on Sunday, seeking to draw on demand for non-Western alliances as Moscow pushes back against international censure over the war in Ukraine. In Egypt, Lavrov will meet officials trying to square deep links to Russia with their close relationship with the United States, which along with other Western powers sought to isolate Russia with tough sanctions after its February 24 invasion of Ukraine. After meeting Arab League members in Cairo, he will travel to Ethiopia and Uganda, two countries whose relations with the West have come…
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Russia declares expanded war goals beyond Ukraine’s Donbas

Russia declares expanded war goals beyond Ukraine’s Donbas

RUSSIAN Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow's military "tasks" in Ukraine now went beyond the eastern Donbas region, in the clearest acknowledgement yet that it has expanded its war goals. In an interview with state media nearly five months after Russia's invasion, the foreign minister also said peace talks made no sense at the moment because Western governments were leaning on Ukraine to fight rather than negotiate. Ukraine's foreign minister retorted that Russia wanted "blood, not talks". When Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, President Vladimir Putin explicitly denied any intention of occupying his neighbour. He said then that…
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