Steven Gruzd | Ukraine exposes SA's foreign policy myopia

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People cross the destroyed bridge across the Irpin river in Irpin, Ukraine. (Photo by Anastasia Vlasova/Getty Images)
People cross the destroyed bridge across the Irpin river in Irpin, Ukraine. (Photo by Anastasia Vlasova/Getty Images)

South Africa's position on the Russia-Ukraine crisis might be along the lines of "quiet diplomacy", but Steven Gruzd writes that the approach didn't seem to work out so well over the past two decades with our neighbour, Zimbabwe.

Like the rest of the globe, South Africa has been drawn into reacting to the brutal Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Through the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) and President Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa's position has oscillated. It moved from soothing appeals for peace and compromise from both sides to a stronger statement, fingering Russia and calling for it to remove its troops immediately from Ukraine, back to refusing to condemn Russia from the floor of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva and the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

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