Putin meets wth African leaders at the Russia-African summit to ‘attentively’ review African ideas to settle the Russia-Ukraine war.
The Russia-Africa summit comes after Russia backed out of an agreement that would have allowed Ukrainian grain exports over the Black Sea, causing worry among African nations.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that Moscow is “carefully” reviewing ideas from some African leaders to end the Ukraine conflict.
“We respect your initiatives and are carefully considering them,” Putin said on the second day of a Russia-Africa conference in Saint Petersburg.
“Previously, so-called advanced democracies monopolised mediation initiatives.”
“Africa is now ready to assist in the resolution of problems that appear to be outside of its area of priority,” he said.
The Russia-Africa summit comes after Russia backed out of a deal that would have allowed Ukrainian grain exports over the Black Sea have alarmed African nations.
In June, an African group travelled to Ukraine and subsequently to Russia to offer crisis mediation.
Military de-escalation, security assurances for both parties, and mutual acknowledgement of sovereignty were among the African recommendations.
Ukraine rejected the offer, claiming that it would only halt the fighting if Russian soldiers left Ukrainian territory.
The Kremlin had previously stated that the African plans would be “extremely difficult to implement.”