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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: Africa has been “greatest victim”, says Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo has called on Russia and China to join the Ukraine peace process

President Akufo-Addo has said that the war in Ukraine has affected African economies, living standards and left many countries in the continent with high inflation.

Speaking at the Global Peace Summit in Switzerland, the president said, “We are against this idea of colonialism, of domination in the world, but in this context we look at Russian aggression in Ukraine. The consequences of this aggression go far beyond the conflict.”

“Africa became an accidental victim of this conflict, supply chains were disrupted. This has had a terrible impact on our economies, on living standards, on high inflation. Food prices have skyrocketed and these are some of the consequences of the invasion and so we have an interest in participating in efforts to find a solution to this conflict. A solution to the conflict must be based on a comprehensive, just, lasting peace based on the principles of international law and the UN Charter,” he said.

Akufo-Addo added that it is necessary to find ways to engage Russia and China in the process of ending the war.

The president said Ghana is interested in participating in efforts to find a solution to end the war.

“The consequences of the invasion go far beyond the confines of Europe. Indeed in many ways, Africa has been the greatest victim,” he said in his remarks.

He called for Russia and China to join in the talks process, “if we’re ever going to arrive at a definitive settlement.”

Akufo-Addo said that Ghana opposes “great power hegemony and the bullying of small states by big powers. It is in this context that we view and continue to view Russia’s invasion and acts of aggression.”

Eighty countries, including Ukraine, and four European institutions signed the final joint communique of the Switzerland peace summit on 16 June, according to a Kyiv Independent reporter on the ground. Over 100 countries and organisations were present at the summit.

The countries notably absent from the list of signatories include India, Armenia, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Indonesia, Bahrain, Colombia, South Africa, Thailand, Mexico, and the United Arab Emirates.

Beijing did not send representatives. Zelensky called on China to join in developing the peace proposals.

“China could help us,” Zelensky told reporters, adding that though it had close ties with the Kremlin, “Ukraine never said that China is our enemy. I always say that Ukraine has only one enemy: Putin.”

Throughout the full-scale invasion, sales of oil and other hydrocarbons to China and India have become the primary source of funds for Russia’s state budget and war effort.

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