Speaking to selected African journalists via zoom, the Ukrainian leader said, not for once has his country raised the issue of preventing bread and wheat from reaching Africa just as his opponents have done.
He said, this should tell the African continent that Russia supports famine in Africa and they will do all within their power to see Africans starve.
“Please look at agriculture and food products. Did Ukraine block the supply of food products to the African continent from the Russian Federation? Did we raise the issue of preventing bread and wheat from reaching Africa from Russia? Never. We fight them with other sanctions. And what did they do? On the contrary, they did block. Both Russia and Ukraine sell grain products to African countries.
“We do not block agricultural exports from Russia, but they have blocked our ports with force and weapons. They support famine. Then what did they contribute besides their arrivals to the African continent all these years? One cannot say that Russia has paid much attention to the African continent since the Soviet Union. This is not true.
“There were many states in the Soviet Union, which today, like the countries of Africa, see their independence and conduct their relations with various independent states of the African continent. If all Russian investments in African countries are only one per cent, then this is their price, this is their faith in the future of the African continent,” President Zelensky established.
He, however, called on Africans to Ukraine in the ongoing war with Russia. To him, when Africans back his country to win the war over Russia, it implies that African support the truth because Ukrainians are peace-loving people.
“It is important for us and the world to win this war, to convey to every African family that we are peace-loving people. We are not different from you. We may have different educations, may have studied different textbooks, we had different teachers, but we still share the same values with you. It should be clear that Russia is just a colonizer who wants to occupy and destroy our country. This information war must be fair. The truth must prevail. I think this is the most important thing.
“…Russia does not invest in you as in countries, nations or societies. This means that Russia does not believe in you. All Russian investments are just political. Russia comes to you, tells you that they are a great state, the heir of the Soviet Union, tells [you]; ‘we need to expand our ties.’
“We want African countries to support not just Ukraine but the truth. And we are ready to guarantee food security for the African continent, while we do not ask to exclude supplies from Russia. It’s your choice.”