SA summons US ambassador over Russia claims


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South Africa will haul US ambassador, Reuben Brigety, over the coals for failing to follow proper diplomatic channels when he alleged that Pretoria had sent arms to Russia.

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation spokesperson, Clayson Monyela says Minister Naledi Pandor is also set to speak to her US counterpart, Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, once South Africa takes a decision on how to deal with Brigety.

The latter’s allegations were based on a Russian vessel, named “Lady R”, which docked in Simon’s Town in December.

South African arms company, Denel says that it did not deliver anything to the ship, while the National Conventional Arms Control Committee has no record of an approved arms sale by the state to Russia related to the period in question.

The Rand lost its footing in the markets following Brigety’s allegations yesterday.

Political economist Professor Rasigan Maharajh says that this is an example of how the US dollar works in Washington’s favour.

International trade is conducted using the American currency, and the US has effectively weaponized it against countries that oppose its economic or political interests.

Since South Africa will not budge on its stance calling for mediation rather than war to resolve the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the US may have changed tactics to attain the goals of its proxy war with Moscow.


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