Media Statement

23 February 2022

South African Government is concerned about the escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine

The South African Government is concerned about the ongoing tensions at the Ukraine and Russia border, a situation if allowed to further deteriorate, could have regional and global ramifications.

South Africa urges all parties to devote increased efforts to diplomacy and to find a solution that will help de-escalate tensions and avert armed conflict.

Commenting on the situation, the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, said: “All parties have much to gain from a negotiated outcome and much to lose from unnecessary and violent conflict.”

South Africa further calls on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to play a central role in the search for peace.

“The UNSC is the body given the mandate for maintenance of international peace and security and it must exercise its role fully. As South Africa, we believe all the issues of concern to any of the parties must be addressed in inclusive talks led by the UNSC,” Minister Pandor said.

The world does not need another war as that will result in death and destruction, hence our call for enhanced diplomacy.

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

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