Ramaphosa holds talks with Putin ahead African peace mission

Ramaphosa holds talks with Putin ahead of African peace mission

President Cyril Ramaphosa held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of the African Leaders Peace Mission to Ukraine and Russia. 

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The telephone call between the two leaders, has also been around the Russia-Africa Summit, taking place at the end of July in St Petersburg. 

Presidential spokesperson Vincent Magwenya says this initiative by Ramaphosa was welcomed by the Russian head of state.

"President Putin has welcomed the initiative by African Heads of State and expressed his desire to receive the peace mission.

"The telephone conversation with President Putin followed a discussion which took place on Monday, 05 June 2023 amongst the African leaders. 

"The leaders discussed their forthcoming engagements with Presidents Putin and Zelensky regarding exploring ways of bringing an end to the conflict."

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