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South Africa's president blames NATO for Russia's invasion of Ukraine: 'war could have been avoided'

FOX News

WARNING--Graphic footage: Fox News correspondent Greg Palkot has the latest on the Russia-Ukraine war on'Special Report.' South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday blamed NATO for provoking Russia into invading its neighbor Ukraine. Speaking in parliament Thursday, Ramaphosa said the war, now entering its 4th week, could have been avoided if NATO hadn't expanded eastward. "The war could have been avoided if NATO had heeded warnings from amongst its own leaders and officials over the years that its eastward expansion would lead to greater, not less, instability in the region," Ramaphosa said. He was careful to clarify that South Africa "cannot condone the use of force and violation of international law."

Ramaphosa urges end to Ukraine war during talks with Zelenskyy

Al Jazeera

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for an end to the conflict in Ukraine during talks by phone with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy, warning that the war threatens food security in Africa. Rampahosa said on Thursday that the pair had discussed the "tragic human cost" of Moscow's offensive as well as its "global ramifications". "We agree on the need for a negotiated end to the conflict which has impacted Ukraine's place in global supply chains, including its position as a major exporter of food to our continent," he tweeted. Ukraine is a major exporter of wheat and corn, among other foodstuffs, to Africa and the weeks-long war in the country has disrupted supplies and sent prices climbing, spurring fears of a hunger crisis. I had a telephone conversation with President @ZelenskyyUa of Ukraine to discuss the conflict in Ukraine and its tragic human cost, as well its global ramifications.

Can the African Union be a neutral arbiter of peace in Ukraine?

Al Jazeera

On May 22, speaking at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Dakar, Senegal's President Macky Sall said he would visit Moscow and Kyiv in the coming weeks in his capacity as chairman of the African Union (AU), which he said wanted "peace through dialogue between the two sides". "We do not want to be aligned on this conflict, very clearly, we want peace," Sall explained. "Even though we condemn the invasion, we're working for a de-escalation, we're working for a ceasefire, for dialogue … that is the African position." But is the continental body genuinely "neutral" over Ukraine? We should take a look at the actions – not the statements – of Africa's leaders to answer these questions.

Ramaphosa, Biden Talk After South Africa Abstains From UN Russia Vote

International Business Times

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa held telephone talks Friday with US President Joe Biden, a day after the continental powerhouse abstained from voting on a resolution suspending Russia from a UN rights body over its aggression in Ukraine. Ramaphosa, whose government has been criticised for refusing to condemn Moscow's bloody invasion, had a day earlier blasted the UN Security Council as "outdated" and in dire need of an overhaul. Hours later, South Africa was among the 58 countries that abstained from voting on the UN General Assembly resolution that suspended Russia from the UN Human Rights Council as punishment for the invasion of Ukraine. It was the third time South Africa abstained from voting on resolutions adopted over the war. Ramaphosa tweeted Friday that he had "a productive" telephone call with Biden.

S Africa's Ramaphosa: Russia sanctions hurting 'bystander' states

Al Jazeera

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that "bystander countries" were suffering due to sanctions against Russia and called for talks as the African Union (AU) prepared a mission to foster dialogue between Moscow and Kyiv. Ramaphosa spoke as German Chancellor Olaf Scholz visited South Africa on the final leg of a trip to the continent that aimed in part to rally diplomatic support for Ukraine. South Africa has close historical ties to Moscow due to the Soviet Union's support for the anti-apartheid struggle. It abstained from a United Nations vote denouncing the invasion of Ukraine and has resisted calls to condemn Russia. The European Union has aggressively pursued sanctions and a severing of economic ties in a bid to punish Moscow for its military operations in Ukraine, a strategy that Ramaphosa said was causing collateral damage.