“Putin is an aggressor. He is the aggressor. And Putin must pay the price. He cannot pursue a war that threatens the very foundations which he’s doing, the very foundations of international peace and stability, and then ask for financial help from the international community. We’re going to continue to stand together with our allies in Europe and send an unmistakable message – we’ll defend every single inch of NATO’s territory with the full weight of the united and galvanized NATO. We will not fight a war against Russia in Ukraine. Direct confrontation between NATO and Russia is World War Three, something we must strive to prevent.”
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The Ukrainian Ambassador to South Africa, Liubov Abravitova, has highlighted the negative economic impact that the Russia-Ukraine conflict will have across the globe. International oil prices have fluctuated in recent weeks – as Russia is the world’s second top producer of crude oil after Saudi Arabia. Abravitova addressed the media in Cape Town, alongside DA leader John Steenhuisen.
“The war of Russia against Ukraine is a global issue now and you will see differently how it will affect, not only Europe, but the whole world. Unfortunately, the most vulnerable will be the poor people. The poor will become poorer. You will see the food security track, a huge humanitarian crisis and an environmental catastrophe.”