Kremlin hails relations with South African Ramaphosa’s victory

Kremlin leader Putin congratulated Cyril Ramaphosa on his re-election, affirming strong Russia-South Africa ties.

Ramaphosa’s ANC didn’t secure a majority in recent polls, forming a coalition gov’t.

Since Russia’s Ukraine invasion, South Africa has navigated its stance carefully, attending but not signing Ukraine peace efforts.

Moscow’s historical ties with Pretoria go back to Soviet times, supporting anti-apartheid efforts.

Despite initial criticism of the invasion, South Africa’s position has evolved, reflecting complex diplomatic challenges.

Putin’s decision not to attend a BRICS meeting hosted by South Africa underscores ongoing global tensions.

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