West pressuring African countries to condemn Russia
Russian Ambassador to Angola Vladimir Tararov says Western nations are going as far as threatening African states to join the western stance on the war in Ukraine.
Russian Ambassador to Angola Vladimir Tararov told Sputnik that the West is going so far as to exert pressure on African states that it is even resorting to immoral actions like threats.
“I know that they [Angola] are under extreme pressure from the Western countries, who call on them to condemn Russia. But they expressly behave in this way, saying that we will contribute to the establishment of peace, we will contribute with all our might so that agreements are reached between the parties," Tararov said.
The Ambassador explained that Western nations "are just threatening, blackmailing. This blackmail, I emphasize once again, is immoral. The countries [of Africa] are barely standing their ground to resist."
The Russian diplomat stressed that when voting was underway for the anti-Russian resolution at the UN General Assembly, "almost all African countries voted neutrally, that is, they abstained. This means they did not support this resolution. But they did not dare to vote against it, because the pressure was extreme."
On April 7, the UN General Assembly voted on suspending Russia from the UN Human Rights Council as "punishment" for the war in Ukraine following a US-led initiative.
93 members of the Assembly's 193 voted in favor of the suspension, 24 voted against, and 58 abstained. Among those who abstained were Egypt, Cameroon, Ghana, India, Kuwait, Mexico, Mongolia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates.