China News Agency, Moscow, June 3 (Reporter Tian Bing) Russian President Vladimir Putin met with the rotating chairman of the African Union and Senegalese President Maki Sall in Sochi on the 3rd. The chairman of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mohamed, also attended meet.

The two sides discussed coordination and cooperation between Russia and the African Union, including expanding political dialogue, as well as economic and humanitarian cooperation.

  According to the Kremlin's website, Putin said that Russia's trade with Africa is growing, increasing by more than 34 percent in the first months of this year.

Russia strives to develop humanitarian relations with African countries, and African culture is also widely concerned in Russia.

  Putin stressed that Russia-Africa relations are at a new stage of development, and Russia attaches great importance to its relations with African countries.

Africa's role in the international arena continues to grow.

African countries have traditional friendly relations with Russia, Africa has broad prospects for development, and Russia will further develop its relations with African countries.

  Markey Sall said that Russia has played a huge role in the independence movement on the African continent and hopes to expand cooperation in various fields including bilateral cooperation.

  Maki Sall pointed out that Africa is a victim of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.

Western sanctions against Russia have prevented African countries from obtaining food and fertilizers, posing a serious threat to Africa's food security.

He called for the lifting of sanctions against Russia in the international supply of food and fertilizers.

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