According to President Cyril Ramaphosa, a government inquiry into a Russian ship refutes American claims that South Africa sent weapons to combat Ukraine. Yet, he noted, a government study wouldn’t be made public.
Contrary to claims made by U.S. officials that South Africa had supplied weapons for the conflict in Ukraine, a government investigation.
In South Africa found that no weapons were loaded onto a Russian ship subject to American sanctions that berthed close to Cape Town last year. President Cyril Ramaphosa said this on Sunday.
After a probe he ordered and was overseen by a retired judge, Mr. Ramaphosa stated in a televised address that “the panel found no evidence that any cargo of weapons was loaded for export on board the ship, Lady R.”
In order to maintain the confidentiality of the report’s sensitive information, Mr. Ramaphosa has previously stated that just a summary would be made public on Monday.
South African Inquiry Rebuts U.S.
It is uncertain whether the conclusions will improve relations between South Africa and the United States. Which have reached their most tense point in recent memory.
Due in large part to the disagreement over what transpired. When the Lady R, a commercial cargo ship, docked at a South African naval base under cover of darkness in December.
Reuben E. Brigety II, the U.S. ambassador to South Africa, made the exceedingly rare decision. To openly accuse South Africa of loading weaponry onto the Lady R in May.
Based on the intelligence he had seen, he said he would bet his life on it. That led to a significant backlash in South Africa.
Where Mr. Brigety was call to meet with the foreign minister. Naledi Pandor, and apologize for his public statement, according to South African officials.
Since then, leaders in each nation have worked to mend the wounds, but there have been lingering concerns that the US may rescind South Africa’s trading advantages.
According to Mr. Ramaphosa, the panel conducting the South African.
Probe visited a naval installation in Simon’s Town, where it spoke with more than 50 persons and examined more than 100 documents.
According to Mr. Ramaphosa in his presentation. The officials who made the charges were also ask to provide evidence but either did not show up or claim not to have firsthand knowledge.
He claimed that none of the people who made the allegations could offer. Any proof to back up their accusations against our nation.
The claims, according to the president of South Africa, had a negative impact on the economic and international reputation of the nation and raised concerns about its involvement in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
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Along with his announcement, Mr. Ramaphosa praised the success of the recent BRICS summit in Johannesburg.
South African Inquiry Rebuts U.S.
Where leaders from South Africa, Brazil, Russia, India, and China reiterated. Their support for a neutral stance in the conflict while Russian President Vladimir V. Putin used the occasion to criticize the West.
The idea of establishing a new world order that does not center. On the West has gained support from Mr. Putin and China’s president, Xi Jinping, according to South African authorities.
A key source of contention for the United States and others. South Africa’s determination to preserve cordial ties with Russia despite its invasion of Ukraine.
The close ties go back to the time when the Soviet Union supported the struggle against apartheid in South Africa.
South African officials have stated that they are remaining neutral and seeking a peaceful conclusion. While refusing to take a side in a conflict between superpowers ever since the invasion of the Ukraine.