Differences over Ukraine war cloud Scholz’s South Africa trip May 25, 2022 0 0 12345 dpaPretoria German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s visit to South Africa on Tuesday highlighted differences of opinion of the war in Ukraine between himself and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.While Scholz condemned the Russian invasion and stressed the need for international sanctions, Ramaphosa did not criticize the war itself, but did point to the negative effects of sanctions.“Even those countries that are either bystanders or not part of the conflict are also going to suffer from the sanctions that have been imposed against Russia,” Ramaphosa said.South Africa is among 17 African countries that abstained from voting on a UN resolution in March condemning Russia’s invasion.In total, there were 35 abstentions and five votes against.Ramaphosa said at a joint press conference that Scholz had shown understanding for these countries, but the German chancellor countered that it was “not acceptable” that countries had voted against the UN resolution.He did not comment directly on the abstentions.“Russia’s goal is to conquer Ukrainian territory that does not belong to Russia. That should be clear to anyone who examines the situation,” Scholz said.Ramaphosa insisted that dialogue was the only way to resolve the conflict. The apartheid regime in South Africa had ultimately been brought to an end through negotiations, he said. RELATED ARTICLES US, Japan, Aus, India warn against Indo-Pacific conflict May 25, 2022 0 0 Data leak reveals extent of repression in Xinjiang: Reports May 25, 2022 0 0 Sri Lanka imposes third fuel price hike in two months May 25, 2022 0 0 Taliban signs agreement with UAE firm on running Afghan airports dpa Islamabad The Taliban signed an agreement with a company based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Tuesday for the ground handling of three airports in Afghanistan. With the new agreement, the new officials in .. More than 5,000 people flee DRC amid fighting in country’s north east Kampala More than 5,000 people have fled from the Democratic Republic of Congo to neighbouring Uganda in recent days, amid fighting in the country’s north-east. A spokesperson for the UN refugee agency UNHCR told dpa on .. Four Turkish soldiers killed in anti-PKK operation in northern Iraq Istanbul Four Turkish soldiers are dead and three others are injured amid an ongoing operation against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, the Turkish Defence Ministry reported on Tuesday. No .. Russia seizes town in Donetsk region Kiev Russian forces have seized the town of Svitlodarsk in Ukraine’s contested Donetsk region on its eastern border with Russia, according to both Ukrainian and Russian sources. The town’s capture has been confirmed by ..