South Africa has been approached to play a mediation role in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, President Cyril Ramaphosa said.

Mr. Ramaphosa who revealed that he spoke with Russian President, Vladimir Putin on Thursday and urged him to seek a mediated solution to the conflict, did not reveal who had made the approach.

The content of the president’s post on Twitter read: “President Putin appreciated our balanced approach. We believe this position enables both parties to subject the conflict to mediation and negotiation. Based on our relations with the Russian Federation and as a member of Brics, South Africa has been approached to play a mediation role.” 

However, sources disclosed that the country recently abstained from voting on a UN resolution condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

According to claims made by Mr Ramaphosa, the country abstained because “the resolution did not foreground the call for meaningful engagement.”

He also went ahead to accused the UN Security Council of being unable to discharge its responsibility to maintain peace and security, stressing that South Africa’s response to the war was not an indication that it had no regard for human rights.