6 December 2018

South Africa Unlikely to Rush to Support Ukraine in Russia Standoff


Ukraine has been trying to rally international sympathy after a standoff with Russia brought shipping traffic to a standstill in the Sea of Azov last week. As the country is preparing a draft resolution against Russia at the United Nations, it's also, rather desperately, looking to South Africa for support.

The media briefing by the Ukrainian chargé d'affaires in Pretoria, Liubov Abravitova, on "Russian aggression" against what she said was an increasingly democratising Ukraine, came at a bad time -- and it wasn't well-attended.

Most of the few working journalists that care about South Africa's foreign relations were attending an ANC-organised meeting of Brics Plus ruling parties (these also included representatives from a few other countries, notably Africa) at the Sheraton Hotel, a 15-minute drive away. Much of the talk at this gathering was about the rise of "narrow and extreme" and "irresponsible" nationalism (the kind practised by United States president Donald Trump) and of multilateralism (which is short for saying: "none of us likes Trump").

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