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Ghana has sparked fury after claiming that Africa is the "greatest victim" of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo spoke at the Summit on Peace in Ukraine that took place in Burgenstock, Switzerland.

During his closing statement, he remarked how decreased food security in poorer countries has been a severe consequence of the Russian invasion.

He said: "The consequences of the invasion go far beyond the confines of Europe. Indeed in many ways, Africa has been the greatest victim."

President Akufo-Addo added that his country opposes big powers bullying smaller states and the idea of "great power hegemony".

"It is in this context that we view and continue to view Russia's invasion and acts of aggression", he explained.

He called for Russia and China to join in the talks process, “if we’re ever going to arrive at a definitive settlement."

Volodymyr Zelensky also called on China to join in the peace talks, after Beijing didn't send representatives to the summit in Switzerland.


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The Ukrainian President said that China could help his country, citing the ties Xi Jinping had with the Kremlin.

He added: “China is a very serious, serious state, [and] serious economy that has political and economic influence on Russia. China truly has influence and I believe that China could help us.

“I believe that friends are those who are helping when it is difficult. I would want China to be a friend for Ukraine.

"Ukraine never said that China is our enemy. I always say that Ukraine has only one enemy: Putin.”

Sales of oil and other hydrocarbons to China has become the primary source of funds for Russia's state budget and war effort.

During the summit, key global powers including India, Saudi Arabia, Brazil and South Africa failed to sign up to a joint communique that backed the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

The final text was signed by more than 80 countries and international organisations, including the three main EU institutions and 27 EU member states.

It said the UN charter, the territorial integrity and sovereignty of all states “can and will serve as a basis in achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in Ukraine”.

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