WC government blocks Russian Embassy staff and diplomats from events and meetings

The Western Cape government says it cannot and will not remain silent in the face of an international crisis.

  • Russian embassy staff and consulate officials have been banned from events and meetings organized by the provincial government
  • Prime Minister Alan Winde says his cabinet has taken a clear stance on Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine
  • In a statement, Winde denounced the national government’s “ambiguous position” on the conflict

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde delivered the State of the Province (Sopa) address in Velddrif, along the west coast, on February 15, 2022. Photo: @alanwinde/Twitter.

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde says the provincial cabinet has decided that no Russian embassy or consulate officials or their staff will be invited to any event or meeting organized by the Cape Town government -Western.

In addition, provincial officials will not attend any event or meeting organized by the Russian Embassy or any of its consulates.

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The move is among several resolutions made by the provincial cabinet at a bi-monthly meeting held on Tuesday morning.

Premier Winde said the provincial cabinet discussed the illegal invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation.

He says the province has taken a clear position on the conflict, in contrast to the “ambiguous position” taken by the South African national government.

“While this is not common for a province, it was considered essential to make it clear to our own residents, the Ukrainian people and the rest of the world that we cannot and will not remain ‘neutral’ in the face of such a cruel attack on the democratic values ​​we all hold dear,” Winde said in a statement.

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He said that the Western Cape government strongly condemns the government of the Russian Federation for its invasion of Ukraine.

The provincial government also regards the aggression of the government of the Russian Federation as a violation of international law.

“We call for an immediate ceasefire and the complete withdrawal of their armed forces from Ukraine,” Winde adds.

While condemning the attack on Ukraine’s sovereignty, we also recognize that many Russian citizens are themselves rising up and protesting against this war, and thousands have been arrested as a result. This anti-democratic repression must also be condemned in the strongest terms.

Alan Winde, Premier of the Western Cape

Winde says he will seek to meet with the Ukrainian ambassador to South Africa to communicate this position unequivocally.

“We cannot and will not remain silent in the face of an international crisis that threatens the very foundation of our liberal international order,” the prime minister said.

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