Madagascar’s president has sacked his foreign minister, Richard Randriamandrato, for voting at the United Nations to condemn Russia’s annexation of four partially occupied regions of Ukraine, Reuters reported, citing two sources in the president’s office.
Last Wednesday, the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to condemn what it called Russia’s “illegal annexation attempt” of the four regions of Ukraine and called on all countries not to recognize this decision.
Of the 193-member General Assembly, 143 countries including Madagascar voted in support of a resolution that also reaffirmed the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders, the report said.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine this year has put many African countries in an awkward diplomatic position.
Many have a complicated history of relations with the West and the former Soviet Union as well as important economic ties to Russia.