Goal to move SA away from China and Russia; Lavrov a rock star in Africa and US very annoyed.
SA is part of BRICS; gravitating toward Eurasian camp.
What can the US offer them to make them change course?
US does not listen to their concerns; decade of showing no respect, ignored; approach is condescending and manipulative.
US behaving as though the Ukraine conflict is the first conflict in decades. African’s know differently. They remember Libya and countless other conflicts on their continent.
When it is our problem, you are not interested . When it is your problem, you want us to take your side. Thank you, but no thank you.
Russians try to SOLVE problems in Africa; US creates them.