Ghana’s government has threatened to hold Russia accountable if any Ghanaians are killed in Ukraine.
As a result, the government is urging Russia to follow humanitarian law as it strives to assure the safety of all Ghanaians in Ukraine.
Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, revealed this while briefing the media on the Russia-Ukraine crisis.
“We urge on Russia’s leadership to follow humanitarian law and bear responsibility for the security and safety of our compatriots,” she said.
“Our government is devoted to safeguard the security and safety of all our citizens in Ukraine,” she continued. The continuous military actions have put our compatriots’ lives in jeopardy, and we have urged Russia to cease the conflict and depart.
Relations between Ghana and Ukraine
Ghana-Ukraine relations have been stable, and in 2021, the Ghanaian government approved the establishment of a resident diplomatic mission in Ghana by the Ukrainian government, in accordance with article 2 of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
Manganese, aluminium ore, and cocoa powder are among Ghana’s top exports, while hot-rolled iron bars, raw iron bars, and cold-rolled iron are among Ukraine’s key imports to Ghana. Practical actions were being taken to improve our relationship. However, for the time being, the current crisis is sure to have an impact on any major strategic outcomes.