The President of the Republic of Angola, João Lourenço, spoke on the phone today with the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, and the topic addressed was the military conflict in Ukraine.
According to information made available on João Lourenço’s official page on the social network Facebook, the topic addressed was “the military conflict in which Ukraine has been involved since last February”, without further details.
The Angolan president has also maintained telephone contacts with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, with whom he discussed the matter in April.
João Lourenço, who defended in his inauguration speech, on September 15, that Moscow should take the initiative to avoid the escalation of the conflict, is fluent in Russian, having studied in the former Soviet Union between 1978 and 1982.
The military offensive launched on February 24 by Russia in Ukraine has already caused more than 13 million people to flee – more than six million internally displaced people and more than 7.6 million to European countries – according to the latest data from the UN, which ranks this refugee crisis as the worst in Europe since the Second World War (1939-1945).
The Russian invasion was condemned by the international community in general, which has responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and imposing political and economic sanctions on Russia.
The UN presented as confirmed since the beginning of the war 6,221 dead civilians and 9,371 wounded, stressing that these numbers are far below the real ones.