Africa

If nations trade in goods that the United States has sanctioned, there may be repercussions – US Ambassador

The U.S. ambassador to the UN warned on Thursday that while African countries are free to purchase grain from Russia, they risk repercussions if they deal in goods that are sanctioned by the United States, such as Russian oil.

Following a meeting with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, Linda Thomas-Greenfield stated at a news conference in the nation’s capital, Kampala, “Countries can acquire Russian agricultural products, including fertilizer and wheat.”

Museveni, a supporter of the United States, has shown affinity for Moscow and has not denounced Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

A country “stands the chance of having actions taken against them” if it chooses to interact with Russia in an area where there are sanctions, she continued.

Her trip takes place a week after Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, visited Africa. During his visit, he rejected claims that his nation’s invasion of Ukraine is solely to blame for a dangerous food crisis affecting nations like Somalia and South Sudan.

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Lavrov attributed market food shortages to “the absolutely inadequate reaction of the West, which announced sanctions.”

Ukraine and Russia are major producers of wheat, barley, corn, and sunflower oil for the world market. Conflict in the Black Sea region, known as the “breadbasket of the world,” has increased the cost of food, threatened the political stability of developing countries, and prompted some nations to impose export restrictions on certain foods.

Many African nations are significantly dependent on food imports from Russia and Ukraine, including some with regions that are on the verge of famine.

Thomas-Greenfield claimed that Washington’s sanctions are not to blame for the increased cost of food in Africa and other parts of the world.

She described Museveni, an authoritarian who has been in power for 36 years, as a regional leader with whom the U.S. has “shared interests” and stated that the U.S. intends to strengthen current alliances with African nations like Uganda.

One of the 25 African countries that chose not to participate in the U.N. General Assembly’s vote on the resolution denouncing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine earlier this year is Uganda.

Numerous nations on the 1.3 billion-person continent have had close ties with Moscow for a long time, ever since the Cold War when the Soviet Union backed their anti-colonial struggles.

Museveni implied that he felt pressured to support the U.S. position on the conflict in Ukraine when he said during Lavrov’s visit that Russia has been a friend to the nation of East Africa for more than 100 years.

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