Ukraine: Putin speaks Al-Sisi, Ramaphosa

TWO weeks into Russia’s war on Ukraine, Vladimir Putin spent some time on calls with the presidents of Egypt and South Africa.

Putin had separate phone calls with the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and SA President Cyril Ramaphosa.

In a statement, Ramaphosa revealed that he had called Putin and thanked the Russian leader for taking his call.

Ramaphosa said: “Thanking His Excellency President Vladimir Putin for taking my call today, so I could gain an understanding of the situation that was unfolding between Russia and Ukraine.

“I outlined our position on the conflict that has unfolded as well as our belief that the conflict should be resolved through mediation and negotiation between the parties and – if need be – with the help of agencies that can help bring a solution to the conflict.

“President Putin appreciated our balanced approach.

“We believe this position can enable both parties to subject the conflict to mediation and negotiation. Based on our relations with the Russian Federation and as a member of BRICS, South Africa has been approached to play a mediation role. We are encouraged by the talks taking place and the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Russia and Ukraine in Turkey today.”

SA recently abstained during a vote a the United Nations on a motion condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Al-Sisi and Putin spoke on Wednesday and discussed the latest developments in Ukraine.

Sisi and Putin also discussed enhancing strategic cooperation frameworks between their countries through joint development projects confirming “historic ties” between them.

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