Russia-Ukraine conflict: sitting on the fence suits SA

South Africa’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine says a lot about how much influence the country really has on the international scene: very little to none at all. Confusion arose from the statement by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation that contradicted the president’s position. He called on Russia to withdraw from Ukraine, while the presidency has taken a more non-committal stance by calling on the United Nations to bring Ukraine and Russia to the negotiating table. That showed that the government knows that its vote doesn’t really matter. Should South Africa pick a side, though, and if…

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