Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov announced today, Thursday, that the African peace mission is expected to visit Russia before the Russia-Africa summit in St. Petersburg scheduled for late July, according to the Russian news agency TASS.
Peskov confirmed in his statements today, that President South AfricaCyril Ramaphosa said in his recent phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin that Africa, as a major continent, also considers it necessary to add its voice to international efforts to resolve the conflict in Ukraine.
He continued, “A group of African countries will send a delegation that will visit Moscow, and the exact dates will be agreed in addition to that through diplomatic channels.”
When asked if Putin plans to meet with the delegation, the Kremlin spokesman clarified that the visit is expected to take place before the Russia-Africa summit, pointing out that an announcement will be made once the official dates are agreed upon.
Peskov indicated that Russia is ready to listen with great interest to any proposals that would contribute to resolving the situation in Ukraine.
On May 16, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the Russian and Ukrainian governments had agreed to host an African delegation to seek a peaceful settlement to the conflict.
Ramaphosa was speaking on behalf of a group of 6 African countries, namely Egypt, the Republic of the Congo, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia, and consultations are now underway on the timetable for the trip.