Tuesday, May 24, 2022

On South Africa visit, Germany’s Scholz says it is ‘unacceptable’ to side with Russia

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has said during a visit to South Africa that it is “unacceptable” that some countries have sided with Russia over its offensive in Ukraine.

“There are some countries that have voted on the side of Russia. That I cannot accept and it is unacceptable,” Scholz told a joint news conference with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in Pretoria.

For his part, Ramaphosa said that “bystander countries” were suffering due to sanctions against Russia and called for talks as the African Union (AU) prepared a mission to foster dialogue between Moscow and Kyiv

South Africa abstained in March from a United Nations resolution condemning Russia over its invasion of Ukraine and Ramaphosa has previously blamed NATO for not heeding warnings from Moscow about its eastward expansion prior to the Kremlin launching the offensive.

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