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South Africa. Joint exercises with the fleets of Russia and China

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The fleets of Russia and China will take part in joint exercises with South Africa, which will take place from February 17 to 27 off the coast of South Africa, the South African army said. South Africa is one of the countries that has not condemned Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.

“South Africa will host navies China and the Russian Federation during multilateral naval exercises between February 17 and February 27,” the South African military confirmed in a statement. The goal is to “strengthen the already excellent relations between South Africa, Russia and China”.

The joint exercises will take place off the coast of Durban, South Africa’s largest port, and Richards Bay, some 180km further north, the statement said. “This will be the second exercise of this type in the presence of three naval forces. The first took place in November 2019 in Cape Town in South Africa” – reminds the army.

South African Navy shipGallo Images Editorial

More than 350 South African soldiers “from several services and divisions” will take part in these exercises together with “their Russian and Chinese counterparts to share operational skills and knowledge,” the statement continued.

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The exercises of China, Russia and South Africa are called Operation Mosi, which means “smoke”.

South Africa, one of the continent’s powers, has taken a neutral stance since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine February 24, refusing to join the condemnation of Moscow.

Main photo source: Brenton Geach/Gallo Images via Getty Images

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