“Weapons and ammunition for Russia”. Diplomatic tension between South Africa and the US

“Weapons and ammunition for Russia”.  Diplomatic tension between South Africa and the US

The war in Ukraine has repercussions across the globe. The South African government has, in fact, summoned the US ambassador, Reuben Brigety, to express its disappointment after the allegations that the country would have allowed the shipment of arms to Russia at the end of 2022. South Africa believes relations with the United States are “cordial” and “strong”, but wants to raise the matter with the ambassador. And there will also be an interview between Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa, and Antony Blinken, Secretary of State of the United States.

In recent days, Brigety had been talking about a Russian ship that docked at a naval base in Cape Town last December. “We are convinced that he loaded weapons and ammunition before returning to Russia”, accused the ambassador. South African ministry spokesman Clayson Monyela stressed that the commission overseeing the sale and delivery of weapons “does not have data” on delivery to Russia. “If a crime has been committed, the law will run its course,” wrote Monyela on her Twitter account. South African President Cyril Rampahosa denounced Brigety’s “disappointing” remarks, while the African National Congress (ANC) party called them “reckless” and “deplorable”.

Source: IL Tempo

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