President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday. 25, February 2022, while giving a speech at the Intergovernmental National Litigation, spoke on the Russia-Ukraine conflict and suggested an alternative to the conflict taking place between Russia and Ukraine that has claimed 137 lives to date.
The president said the was a better way that did not require the killings of many to settle the dispute taking place between Russia and Ukraine, over the decision made by Ukraine to join North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), a strategic military allied force, which consists of countries like the United States of America, France and Great Britain.
He explained that a more calm approach, characterized by open talks between the two countries, would result in a better outcome.
“The war that is going on in the Ukraine I would say that, that conflict is a conflict that should be subjected to mediation, to negotiation to engagement because it is not necessary for people to go to war and having people getting killed and infrastructure being damaged as it is now,” Ramaphosa said.
Global organization like United Nations have condemned the actions of Russia and advised countries all over the world to impose sanctions on Russia, Donald Trump has also taken the same view, that an economically crippled Russia would find it hard to continue with the war.
Additionally, On Thursday. 24 February 2022, Dr. Naledi Pandor South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation stood in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and condemned Russia’s action to invade Ukraine.
She said the government was working on several strategies to stabilize conflict in that region.
“South Africa’s position is and will be continuing to encourage all parties to strengthen all diplomatic efforts to avoid an escalation of tensions, and work towards an inclusive, sustainable and peaceful solution based on cooperation and dialogue,” he elaborated.