Why Is South Africa War-Gaming With China & Russia?

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Vessels from china and Russia were docked here on Monday ahead of joint naval exercises. South Africa says joint naval exercises with Russia and China are ‘routine’. “It is very disturbing, that South Africa is hosting a military exercise with Russia”, said Liubov Abravitova, Ukraine’s ambassador to Southern Africa.

PRETORIA FEBRUARY 21: Vessels from China and Russia were docked here on Monday (February 20) ahead of joint naval exercises. South Africa says joint naval exercises with Russia and China are ‘routine’ but the backdrop exposes tensions tied up with anti-colonial history and the country’s present-day economics.

The South African National Defense Force has said “Exercise Mosi II” will be held between February 17 and 27 off the country’s Indian Ocean coast, to share “operational skills and knowledge.”

Russia’s state-run TASS news agency said a Russian warship armed with new-generation hypersonic cruise weapons would take part in the exercise.

– “It is very disturbing, that South Africa is hosting a military exercise with the country – an aggressor, invader – that is using its military force against a peaceful country, bringing destruction and trying to eliminate the Ukrainian Nation,” said Liubov Abravitova, Ukraine’s ambassador to Southern Africa.

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