Media Statement

04 April 2017

President Zuma sends a message of condolences to Russia following the attack in St Petersburg

President Jacob Zuma has, on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, extended the country’s deepest condolences to the Russia Federation following an explosion at a subway station in the city of St Petersburg on 03 April 2017 that has left scores of people dead and others injured.

President Zuma said: “We sent our deepest condolences to President Vladimir Putin, the government of the Russian Federation and particularly to the families that have lost their loved ones. The targeting of innocent civilians must be condemned in the strongest terms.”

President Zuma also said: “South Africa stands with the Russian people during this time of mourning and share their grief.” 

President Zuma reiterated the position of the South African government, saying: “Terrorism in any form and from whichever quarter cannot be condoned. South Africa stands firmly with the international community in condemning all terrorism. We will continue to support regional and international efforts to address the scourge of terrorism in all its forms.”

South Africa and the Russian Federation enjoy strong diplomatic relations founded on a shared history of the struggle against apartheid. Full diplomatic relations between the two countries were established in February 1992. The two countries share common values in terms of their respect for the rule of law in international relations, multilateralism, the central role of the UN in global governance, the primary role of the UN Security Council in the maintenance of global peace and security as well as respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of states.

Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO, 082 884 5974

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