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Ramaphosa Defends South Africa’s Neutral Stance on Russia’s War

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WATCH: South African supports neutrality over Russia, says President Cyril Ramaphosa.Source: Bloomberg

President Cyril Ramaphosa defended South Africa’s neutral stance toward Russia’s war with Ukraine, saying it placed him in a stronger position to help mediate an end to the conflict.  

“Neutrality can cost and fortunately we’re not alone in all this, there are many others that have chosen the same path,” Ramaphosa said in an interview with Bloomberg Television on Thursday on the sidelines of an investment summit in Johannesburg. “The benefit in all this is that we can talk to both sides.”