17 June 2023
President Ramaphosa arrives in St Petersburg for second leg of African Peace Initiative Mission
President Cyril Ramaphosa has today, 17 June 2023, arrived in St Petersburg in the Russian Federation for the continuation of the African Peace Mission to the Ukraine and Russia conflict.
His arrival in Russia’s cultural capital, follows constructive discussions with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of the Ukraine on 16 June 2023.
This afternoon, President Ramaphosa together with the Heads State of Zambia, the Comoros and Senegal and Heads of Government of Congo Brazzaville, Egypt, and Uganda, as participants in the African Leaders Peace Mission, will meet with President Vladimir Putin to seek a road to peace to the 16 months long conflict between Ukraine and Russia which has thus caused devastating economic impact, loss of life and global instability.
President Ramaphosa is accompanied by Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, he is scheduled to return home on Sunday, 18 June 2023.
Media enquiries: Vincent Magwenya, Spokesperson to President Ramaphosa – +27 82 835 6315
Issued by: The Presidency