The South African government has called on Russia to withdraw its troops from Ukraine immediately.

The South African government has called on Russia to withdraw its troops from Ukraine immediately.

The South African government has called on Russia to withdraw its troops from Ukraine immediately.

South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation issued a statement urging Russia to get its soldiers out of Ukraine.

The Republic of South Africa is alarmed by the escalation of the Ukrainian crisis. Despite pleas for diplomacy to prevail, we regret that the situation has worsened.

Armed confrontation will undoubtedly cause human pain and destruction, with consequences that will not just harm Ukraine but also have a global impact. This battle has affected every country in the world.

As the UN Secretary-General has indicated, the conflict will have a huge impact on the “global economy in a moment when we are emerging from the Covid pandemic and so many developing countries need to have space for the recovery”.

South Africa urges Russia to withdraw its forces from Ukraine immediately in accordance with the United Nations Charter, which requires all member states to resolve international disputes via peaceful means so that world peace, security, and justice are not jeopardized.

South Africa emphasizes the importance of state sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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South Africa, as a nation born through negotiation, understands the importance of conversation in preventing crises and de-escalating violence. South Africa urges all parties to increase their diplomatic efforts and find a solution that will help prevent further escalation, in keeping with our strong commitment to peaceful conflict resolution.

Even when a battle has erupted, the door of diplomacy should never be shut. We further urge all parties to tackle the situation in a cooperative manner, with all parties abiding by international law.

We call on all sides to resume diplomatic efforts to find a solution to Russia’s concerns in light of the intensifying confrontation.

South Africa further urges all parties to respect and preserve human rights, as well as to adhere to their legal and humanitarian commitments under international law.

South Africa continues to support and encourage regional initiatives like the Minsk Agreements, and we applaud the Normandy Format, the Trilateral Contact Group, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s efforts.

South Africa calls on the UN Security Council to play its role in the search for peace. The Security Council remains the primary body tasked with the mandate to maintain international peace and security and it must exercise its responsibility fully in this regard. We also believe that the good offices of the UN Secretary-General could also make a positive contribution in finding a lasting solution to this conflict.