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Russia rejects U.S. ambassador accusations against South Africa

Pretoria, May 16 (Prensa Latina) The Russian embassy in South Africa on Tuesday strongly rejected accusations made by the U.S. ambassador in Pretoria Reuben E. Brigety of alleged South African arms shipment to Russia.

In a statement, the Russian embassy recalled that Brigety provided no evidence to back up his accusations, except he would “bet his life on the accuracy of his claim.”

Brigety’s words cannot be perceived as anything other than an attempt to influence the foreign policy of the sovereign and independent South Africa.

Friends and partners (of Russia) noted with deep concern that a campaign to pressure South Africa, obviously orchestrated by the mainstream Western media, is gaining more and more momentum, the embassy noted.

The reason for this, it said, is South Africa’s non-aligned stance on the Ukraine conflict, which is unsatisfactory to the United States.

The Lady R cargo ship docking in Simons Town is being used as a pretext, utterly orchestrated and as false as the one presented by Secretary of State Colin Powell at the Security Council, which was followed by a full-scale invasion of Iraq and cost the lives of a million Iraqis.

Whether Ambassador Brigety takes this matter seriously, the text asks, why doesn’t he explain why Russia would need South African-produced weapons and ammunition that match neither the types nor the calibers of the systems currently in service with Russia’s armed forces?

How such a tiny amount of “weapons and ammunition” that were supposedly “loaded on the ship” would influence the situation on the battlefield anyway, the text added.

But more importantly, the Russian embassy continues in the statement, why does the U.S. diplomat feel perfectly fine with the fact that his country and its satellites have been delivering weapons to Ukraine since 2014?

Why does Ambassador Brigety not say a word about the use of these weapons to attack cities in Donbass, as well as the Bryansk and Belgorod regions of Russia on a daily basis?


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