As Russia’s top diplomat Sergey Lavrov held several meetings with representatives of the African nations at the 77th UN General Assembly, some African politicians attending the event, such as Nigerian leaders, expressed hope for deepening ties with Moscow.
Nigeria organized two sideline events on Friday during the UN High Level Week in New York, addressing the county’s commitment to reaching the UN’s sustainable development goals and the country’s participation in the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network.
The Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network is a community focusing on measuring multidimensional poverty. The meetings were attended by several Nigerian top government officials.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who spent five days in New York taking part in the UN General Assembly and holding talks with foreign counterparts, did not have an official meeting with Nigerian diplomats in his schedule.
Nevertheless, he seemed to have paid a lot of attention to African affairs in general, speaking with Ethiopian, Eritrean and South African colleagues, as well as with officials from Guinea-Bissau. According to Lavrov, the talks were productive.
Russia’s top diplomat toured Africa this summer, paying visits to Ethiopia, Uganda, and the Republic of Congo, with Moscow paying more and more attention to cooperation with nations on the continent.
It’s expected that bilateral and multilateral ties will be addressed at the 2nd Russia-Africa economic forum scheduled for the middle of 2023.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point Blog News 2022.