Ramaphosa Tells Putin, Ukraine War Should End Now
18 June 2023
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By Farai D Hove | South African President Cyril Ramaphosa Calls for an End to the Ukraine War During Meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow

During the ongoing diplomatic visit to Kiev and Moscow, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, representing African nations, held a crucial meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss various global issues, with particular emphasis on the ongoing Ukraine War. President Ramaphosa used the opportunity to urge President Putin to seek a peaceful resolution and put an end to the devastating conflict in Ukraine. The diplomatic encounter highlights the increasing role of African nations in global affairs and their commitment to promoting peace and stability.

African Representation on the Global Stage:

President Cyril Ramaphosa and his colleague’s presence in Moscow symbolizes the growing influence of African nations on the global stage. As the current Chairperson of the African Union, Ramaphosa assumed the responsibility of representing the African continent in addressing critical global challenges. The Ukraine War, which has been a cause of concern for the international community, presented an opportunity for Ramaphosa to voice Africa’s commitment to peace and stability.

The Urgent Need for Peace in Ukraine:

The Ukraine War, which began in 2014, has resulted in significant loss of life, displacement of civilians, and economic instability in the region. The conflict arose following Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the subsequent unrest in Eastern Ukraine. Various attempts to find a peaceful solution have been made, including the Minsk agreements, but the situation remains unresolved.

President Ramaphosa’s Appeal for Peace:

President Ramaphosa, representing African nations, expressed deep concern over the ongoing Ukraine War during his meeting with President Putin. He emphasized the importance of seeking a peaceful resolution through dialogue and negotiations. Ramaphosa stressed that the conflict has inflicted immense suffering on the people of Ukraine and called for an immediate cessation of hostilities.

Africa’s Historical Perspective on Conflict Resolution:

Africa has a rich history of conflict resolution and peacebuilding efforts. Many African nations have experienced internal conflicts and have worked diligently to reconcile and rebuild their societies. President Ramaphosa highlighted this experience during his meeting with President Putin, urging him to consider Africa’s successful models of conflict resolution as a source of inspiration.

The Role of Diplomacy and International Cooperation:

President Ramaphosa and his colleague’s visit to Moscow and his appeal to President Putin underscore the significance of diplomatic efforts in resolving conflicts. The meeting between the two leaders served as a platform to discuss the complexities of the Ukraine War, exchange perspectives, and explore possible avenues for peaceful negotiations. Both leaders acknowledged the importance of international cooperation and committed to supporting diplomatic initiatives to end the conflict.

International Community’s Response:

President Ramaphosa’s representation of African nations in Moscow garnered attention and support from the international community. Several countries echoed his call for an end to the Ukraine War and emphasized the urgency of finding a peaceful solution. The United Nations, the European Union, and other regional organizations have also been actively engaged in diplomatic efforts to de-escalate the situation and facilitate negotiations.

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s visit to Moscow as the representative of African nations marked an important moment in global diplomacy. By addressing the issue of the Ukraine War and advocating for a peaceful resolution, Ramaphosa demonstrated Africa’s commitment to peace and stability on the international stage. The meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin served as a platform for dialogue and highlighted the significance of diplomatic efforts and international cooperation in resolving conflicts. As the world looks for avenues to end the Ukraine War, the support of global leaders like President Ramaphosa is crucial in fostering a peaceful resolution and bringing relief to the affected populations.

“We are being negatively affected in terms of our economies, prices of commodities have gone up, particularly grain and fertiliser.

“The prices of fuel have also gone up and this is a consequence of the war that is ongoing.

“And it is for this reason that we are also here that it is in our collective interest that the war should come to an end,” said Ramaphosa.