Africa-Press – Botswana. The West African regional bloc ECOWAS has condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
In a statement cited on twitter, it urged both Ukraine and Russia to agree to a ceasefire and to resolve the crisis through dialogue.
ECOWAS Commission – Communique on the War in Ukraine pic.twitter.com/A0TR6qawDd
ECOWAS also called on the two countries to ensure the safety of Africans living in Ukraine.
Its statement came as Russia and Ukraine began face-to-face talks for the first time on Monday since Russian forces entered Ukraine five days ago.
Russia-Ukraine conflict: Kyiv and Moscow start talks https://t.co/r3JUTAv8pk
Ukraine’s delegates have said they want an immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of troops from their territory; Russia’s negotiators have talked of a deal that is in the interests of both sides.