South Africa criticizes the West for threatening sanctions against countries that do not align against Russia

File - South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

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May 25. (EUROPE PRESS) –

The South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa, criticized this Thursday during an Africa Day speech that Western countries threaten sanctions against those who do not align themselves against Russia in the framework of the war in Ukraine.

“We are witnessing how Africa is drawn into conflicts far beyond our own borders. Some countries, including ours, are being threatened with sanctions for following an independent foreign policy and for adopting a position of non-alignment,” he said.

In this sense, Ramaphosa has affirmed that they will continue to maintain a “non-aligned foreign policy”, also recalling that African countries have “painful memories” about the ‘proxy’ wars carried out by “foreign superpowers” in Africa.

We have not forgotten the terrible and brutal legacy of having our continent carved up and first colonized by European countries, only to find ourselves once again as pawns on a chessboard during the Cold War.

The South African government has denied any collusion with the shipment of weapons to Russia and has defended, almost from the beginning, its position of “non-alignment” in the conflict unleashed in Ukraine after the military offensive launched by Russia.

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