SA response to Russia-Ukraine conflict

The surging conflict between Russia and the Ukraine has the world on its toes since President Vladimir Put warned foreign authorities to not intervene.

After invading and annexing the Crimea Peninsula from Ukraine back in 2014, Russia got angered by Ukraine’s request to join NATO in January 2021. Troops were then sent to the Ukraine border for training purposes and increased months later, that’s when momentum of the potential war grew.

“Whoever tries to interfere with us, and even more so, to create threats for our country, our people should know that Russia’s response will be immediate and will lead you to consequences that you have never experienced in your history” Putin said.

The Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres pleaded with Putin to stop his troops from attacking the Ukraine, “Give peace a chance. Too many people have already died” he said.

The South African government also called for a peace resolution between Russia and Ukraine considering that a Minks Agreement was signed.

The department of International Relations Cooperation said that the United Nations Security Council remains the primary body tasked with the mandate to maintain international peace and security and must exercise its responsibility fully in this regard.

Meanwhile President Cyril Ramaphosa has moved forward a meeting of top officials to discuss, among other things, South Africa’s stance on the Russia invasion of Ukraine.

This comes after the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) and the ruling ANC’s sub-committee on international affairs sent out statements contradicting each other over the party’s position on the invasion.

Last week DIRCO Minister, Naledi Pandor released a statement calling for Russian President Vladimir Putin to withdraw his forces from Ukraine.

The Sunday Times reported that Ramaphosa was unhappy with Pandor’s statement because it contradicted South Africa’s position that negotiation was needed to end the conflict.

By Lineo Khabele for African View News