The US Treasury Undersecretary stated that he will visit three African nations this month.
US Treasury Assistant Secretary Wally Adeyemo advertisement this Wednesday in an interview with the host of the podcast ‘Pod Save the World’, Ben Rhodes, who plans to make a visit to Africa in March, in which he will pressure the authorities of Ghana, Nigeria and another unnamed country to stop cooperate in the commercial field with Russia.
“Our goal is to make it very clear to (these) countries, from an economic point of view, that their economic interests are aligned with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine ending as soon as possible,” Adeyemo said, seeking to convince these nations that Russia is responsible for the current energy and food crisis.
Most African countries rely on grain supplied from Ukraine and Russian fertilizers, which have all but stopped reaching the continent since the conflict began and Western sanctions were imposed.
The undersecretary stressed that the US is “doing everything possible to reduce the costs (that Africa is) facing,” adding that African countries “should ask Russia to do the same.”
Likewise, Adeyemo pointed out that the US does not want African nations to trade with the Eurasian country. “They can support Russia, which is a small economy that is getting smaller because of our actions, or they can continue to have access to do business with companies and individuals in countries that make up more than 50% of the world economy,” he said.
In January, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen visited Senegal, Zambia and South Africa, in an attempt to “deepen US-Africa economic ties.” On that occasion, Yellen also tried to pressure African countries to support restrictive measures against Russia, noting that Washington would not hinder Russian purchases of energy resources, but only if they respect the price cap imposed by the West.