South African President Blames NATO for Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa blamed NATO for provoking Russia to invade Ukraine. Speaking in parliament, Ramaphosa said, “The war could have been avoided if NATO had heeded warnings from amongst its own leaders and officials over the years that its eastward expansion would lead to greater, not less, instability in the region.” The South African president refused to condemn Russia, saying he was approached to mediate the Russia-Ukraine conflict.