South Africa’s relationship with Russia has been called into question by analysts but SA Institute of International Affairs governance programme head Steven Gruzd says President Cyril Ramaphosa’s administration is highly unlikely to move away from the BRICS block over Russia’s aggression. Gruzd also said South Africa, like any country, was faced with a tricky balancing act, “we have good economic relations with the European Union, the USA, UK and China. We go way back with Russia; they see South Africa as a gateway to Africa. Political analyst Ralph Mathekga however said that if Western countries continue to slap Russia with sanctions, it would become impossible to make BRICS functional, stressing that the country would have to start looking at how the conflict affects its national interests.
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