Russian leader Vladimir Putin wrote an article “Russia and Africa: Joining forces for peace, progress and a successful future” for African media ahead of the second Russia-Africa summit to be held in St. Petersburg on July 27-28. The text was published on the Kremlin’s official website.
In the article, the president described his vision for the development of Russian-African relations, and also outlined priority areas for cooperation.
Putin noted that Moscow has always tried to support African peoples in their struggle for liberation from colonial oppression. Thanks to this, special relations have been established between Russia and Africa, which are more important now, at the time of the formation of a new multipolar world order.
He drew attention to the growth of mutual trade between the Russian Federation and African states, and also paid special attention to issues of food supply in Africa and the situation regarding the grain agreement.
Thus, Putin said that Russia could replace Ukrainian grain on both a commercial and free basis. According to him, Moscow will continue to work actively on organizing the supply of grain, food and fertilizers to African countries.