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    US Ambassador Accuses South Africa of Providing Arms to Russia; President Cites Investigation

    US Ambassador Accuses South Africa of Providing Arms to Russia; President Cites Investigation

    TOWN, South — The U. S. ambassador to South Africa accused the country Thursday of providing weapons to via a cargo ship that docked secretly at a naval base near the city of Cape Town for three days in December. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said an investigation was underway.

    Ambassador Reuben Brigety said the U.S. was certain that weapons were loaded onto the vessel at the Simon's Town naval base and then transported to Russia, according to reports of his comments carried by multiple South African news outlets.

    Ramaphosa was in Cape Town answering questions in Parliament when news of Brigety's comments broke. When a lawmaker asked about the weapons, the president replied that “the matter is being looked into, and in time we will be able to speak about it.”

    Ramaphosa declined to comment further, citing the need for an investigation to play out.

    The leader of the political opposition, John Steenhuisen, asked the president if South Africa was “actively arming Russian soldiers who are murdering and maiming innocent people?”

    Steenhuisen also asked if Ramaphosa could confirm that “weapons of war” were loaded onto the Russian ship in Simon's Town, The lawmaker identified the vessel as the Lady R, a Russian-flagged cargo ship.

    Brigety said earlier Thursday that South Africa's alleged arming of Russia during its invasion of was “extremely serious” and called into question…

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