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Newsline: Russia’s top diplomat lashes out at West’s stance towards Africa during Ethiopia visit

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that Moscow supported Ethiopia’s efforts to stabilise its internal political situation in remarks that sought to draw a contrast with what he presented as meddling by the West. “We confirmed our firm support for those efforts which the government is making to stabilise the situation and launch inclusive national dialogue to solve the key questions,” Lavrov said during a joint media briefing with his Ethiopian counterpart Demeke Mekonnen. Lavrov described African countries trying to define their own futures and solve their own problems as part of a trend towards a multipolar world which he accused the West of opposing in its pursuit of U.S. hegemony. Demeke said his country was grateful for “Russia’s unwavering support in helping us in safeguarding Ethiopia’s sovereignty”. (https://news.yahoo.com/lavrov-denigrates-wests-stance-towards-121229511.html) Lavrov was in Addis Ababa wrapping up a four-nation African tour aimed at drumming up support for Moscow at a time of confrontation with Western powers.

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