Between Russia and the United States, the delicate balancing act of South African diplomacy

How far to support Russia, asks the South African press? “Russia welcomes support from ‘friendly state’ South Africa – but are we also supporting invasion, bombing and war crimes in Ukraine?” ask him Daily Maverick.

In March, South Africa was one of 35 countries to abstain from voting on a UN resolution demanding the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine. On August 15 and 16, Defense Minister Thandi Modise traveled to Russia at the head of a South African delegation to take part in the Tenth Moscow Conference on International Security. Other African states were also present, such as Algeria, Burundi, Cameroon, Guinea, Mali, Sudan, Uganda, Chad and Ethiopia. An African participation hailed by Sergei Shoigu, the Russian Defense Minister, who also described South Africa as a“Friendly State” and promised to increase military cooperation.

South African participation in the conference is also critical.

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