31 March 2022

Russia has many friends in Africa, but can they stand to be beaten yellow and blue?

Associate Professor Stig Jensen has written article for GlobalNyt questioning dispite Russia many friends in Africa, if they stand being beaten yellow and blue?

He explains that Western media and politicians are almost in shock that only 28 African countries voted in favour of the UN resolution condemning Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Most have probably forgotten that in a similar vote in 2014 to condemn Russia's annexation of Crimea, even more African countries chose either to abstain or to vote with Russia.

The votes at the UN show that Russia has many friends in Africa. This is nothing new, but what is new is that relations between Russia and African nations have greatly expanded in recent years. Even more interesting will be the future consequences in Africa of Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent sanctions, especially from the West.

The focus in the West is primarily on the economic and political challenges, but only to a limited extent on the interconnected crises in Africa.

Read further, in Danish, here