‘In Africa, Russia uses lies as a weapon of war’ – European Council’s Charles Michel

By Manon Laplace, Romain Gras
Posted on Tuesday, 19 July 2022 12:20

Charles Michel, president of the European Council, on 31 May 2022 in Brussels (Belgium). © Zheng Huansong/XINHUA-REA.

Charles Michel, president of the European Council, speaks about how the war in Ukraine is impacting relations between the two continents.

On 18 February, the African Union (AU) and European Union (EU) concluded the sixth edition of their joint summit in Brussels. The main topics discussed included establishing a free trade zone, fighting against Covid-19, insecurity and the Global Gateway initiative.

But a week later, more than 2,000km from the Belgian capital, the launch of a Russian offensive in Ukraine upset the diplomatic context. Charles Michel, president of the European Council, opened the next AU summit meeting, which started on 17 July in Lusaka (Zambia).