June 5, 2023
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

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The African Group is working to find a peaceful solution to the Ukrainian conflict. This was announced on Sunday, May 14, by the President of the Republic of South Africa (South Africa) Cyril Ramaphosa, the broadcasting corporation reports. SABC.

“Now a group of African countries are quietly working to figure out how best Africa can take the initiative to try to convince the Russian Federation and Ukraine to start negotiations to end the conflict,” he said during a trip to KwaZulu-Natal (KwaZulu-Natal province). southeastern South Africa). About it writes TASS.

The President of South Africa noted that he regularly communicates by phone with the leaders of Russia and Ukraine, Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Zelensky. “There is an exchange of views. I see my task in achieving an end to the crisis in Ukraine by peaceful means,” Ramaphosa stressed. He added that on May 12 he contacted Putin. During a telephone conversation, the President of South Africa informed the Russian leader about the proposal of the heads of African countries to cease hostilities.

The press service of the Kremlin on May 12 also reported on the conversation between the presidents of Russia and South Africa. It was noted that Putin supported the idea voiced by Ramaphosa of the participation of a group of African leaders in the discussion of the prospects for resolving the conflict in Ukraine. At the same time, the Russian leader pointed to the destructive line of Kyiv and added that Moscow has never refused to work on the diplomatic track.

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