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Blinken visits Africa after Russian counterpart Lavrov as analysts worry of Cold War posturing

Blinken visits Africa as analysts worry of Cold War posturing

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken traveled to Africa on Sunday just weeks after his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov toured the continent where he placed blame for grain shortages linked with the war in Ukraine on the West. Photo courtesy Antony Blinken/Twitter

Aug. 7 (UPI) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken traveled to Africa on Sunday just weeks after his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov toured the continent where he placed blame for grain shortages linked with the war in Ukraine on the West.

Blinken found its way to South Africa after meetings in the Philippines and Cambodia the other day where Lavrov also traveled after his tour of Africa to take part in a conference between Russia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Lavrov said Russia hoped to expand economic and military cooperation with Cambodia during his stop by at the united states while Blinken addressed food shortages.

Analysts with the Institute for Security Studies, a South Africa-based research organization and think tank centered on security in Africa, said within an article after Lavrov’s visit that the zigzagging diplomatic trips are “taking the planet back again to Cold War postures.”

“Indeed, Lavrov was soon engaged in a virtual propaganda war with French President Emmanuel Macron, who was simply also on an African safari — not coincidentally — visiting Cameroon, Benin and Guinea-Bissau,” Peter Fabricius wrote for ISS Africa on July 29.

Fabricius said that Lavrov’s trip was “clearly” made to “sell Russia’s narrative that its Ukraine war was about countering Western global hegemony.”

Scholars have long said that the consequences of the Cold War wreaked havoc on African nations that hindered their economic and political development.

However, the continent has been less critical of Russia than other regions with just 25 of 54 states abstaining or not voting to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine throughout a US General Assembly resolution in March.

After touching down Sunday, Blinken visited the Hector Pieterson Museum to keep in mind the “bravery of the youth” which were killed while exercising their to protest apartheid and segregation.

“Today in South Africa and in the coming days from the spot, I’ll reiterate to your African partners that America remains determined to utilize countries of the continent to confront the shared challenges we face, like the scourge of terrorism and violent extremism,” Blinken said.

“Once we remember the lives extracted from us nearly 25 % century ago, we shall continue steadily to demonstrate that those that seek to stand in the form of an improved future for the countries won’t have the ability to succeed.”

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