Members of the African Union were outraged by the German Foreign Ministry’s tweet about Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s visit to Africa, African Union spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo wrote on Twitter, South African radio station SABC reported on January 26.
The disrespectful message posted on Twitter by the German Foreign Ministry was considered as a mockery of the continent and Africans, SABC reported.
The radio station quoted Kalondo, who recalled how German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock recently visited the African Union, “based in one of the more than 20 African countries that Germany enjoys reciprocal diplomatic relations with.”
“Did she come to see animals? Or is the Continent of Africa, its people & wildlife just a joke to you?” queried Calondo.
Earlier, the German Foreign Ministry published a message on its Twitter page that “The Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov is in Africa, not to see leopards, but to bluntly claim that Ukraine’s partners ‘want to destroy everything Russian’.” At the same time, instead of the word leopard, the emoji of this animal was used with a clear allusion to the German-made Leopard tanks, which Germany, after long negotiations, finally decided to supply to the Kiev regime.
Later, the press service of the German Foreign Ministry apologized for the bad post and stressed that it values its partners in Africa and “we did not mean to offend in any way by our tweet.”
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency