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    South Africa Summons US Ambassador Over Weapons for Russia Allegations

    South Africa Summons US Ambassador Over Weapons for Russia Allegations

    CAPE TOWN, South (AP) — South Africa's foreign ministry summoned the U.S. ambassador to a meeting Friday over allegations he made a day earlier that the country had provided with arms and ammunition for its war in .

    Amid the diplomatic fallout over the allegations, South African Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor also planned to speak with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the ministry's spokesperson said on Twitter.

    The committee that regulates arms exports in South Africa “has no record of an approved arms sale by the state to Russia related to the period/incident in question,” spokesperson Clayson Monyela tweeted. “If any crimes were committed, the law will take its course.”

    U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Reuben Brigety alleged during a news conference Thursday that weapons and ammunition were secretly loaded onto a Russian cargo ship at the Simon's Town naval in December and then transported to Russia, Brigety said.

    “We (the U.S.) are confident that weapons were loaded into that vessel, and I would bet my life on the accuracy of that assertion,” Brigety said. He called South Africa's “arming” of Russia “fundamentally unacceptable.”

    South African President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed an investigation was underway into the December visit by the Russian cargo ship Lady R. Before Brigety went public, U.S. and South African officials had agreed behind the scenes that…

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