On March 2, 2022, the UN General Assembly proposed a resolution calling on Russia to stop using force against Ukraine immediately. A total of 141 member countries approved the resolution, while 5 opposed it and 35 abstained, including 25 African countries.
Ethiopia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Burkina Faso, Togo, Cameroon, eSwatini and Morocco decided not to participate in the vote. Algeria, Uganda, Burundi, Central African Republic, Mali, Senegal, Equatorial Guinea, Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville), Sudan, South Sudan, Madagascar, Mozambique, Angola, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa abstained. Eritrea was the only African country to vote against this resolution.
To understand the position taken by these countries on the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, it is necessary to know the ties that Russia has established on the African continent over the course of the last century through a series of trade and security agreements. Actually, the Russian presence in Africa goes back a long way, although it was smaller at an earlier stage.