The German Foreign Ministry’s joke of Germany sending Panther tanks to Ukraine and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s visit to Africa have sparked strong reactions on the continent. Diplomacy, German, Annalena Baerbach, will express this towards Africa, AFP reported.
“Russian Foreign Minister #Lavrov is in Africa, not to see leopards, but to say in no uncertain terms that #Ukraine’s partners “want to destroy all of Russia,” the German Foreign Ministry wrote on Twitter. Support the country in its war with Russia and the head of Russian diplomacy’s African tour. Sergei Lavrov South Africa, Was in Eswatini and Angola and on Thursday he is in Eritrea.
After the German MFA’s message, a spokesperson for African Union Commission President Ebba Kalondo asked on Twitter if German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbach had “come to see the animals” at the African Union’s headquarters in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
“Or is the African continent, its inhabitants and its fauna a joke to you?”, Ebba Kalondo, who addressed the head of German diplomacy, reports Agerpres.
The bewildered Foreign Ministry in Berlin responded by saying it “regrets” the situation and “in no way meant to offend anyone” but condemned “the lies Russia is using to justify its war of aggression” in Ukraine. .
“If we think of leopards as another German species, we might not notice the explanation you give,” notes German MFA Zainab Usman, now director of the Africa Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace think tank. The initial message of the German MFA was inelegant.
“Using terrible stereotypes about Africa,” likening it to a vast wild animal, “the political jab of an enemy in a European war will not win you African friends,” warned Zainab Osman Annalena Berbach.
Many African countries abstained from voting at the UN to condemn Russian aggression against Ukraine.
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