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South Sudan Official Says Russia Will Block UN Sanctions

Photo montage of South Sudan and Russian flags
Photo montage of South Sudan and Russian flags
Philip Aleu
A South Sudan delegation led by Foreign Affairs Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin has received assurances during a visit to Moscow that Russia will use its veto in the Security Council to block United Nations sanctions on South Sudan.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Mawien Makol Arik said Marial has used the visit to Russia to explain that imposing new sanctions on South Sudan "will not help the efforts of peace."

"We need to be given time. We need to be supported morally, financially, materially,
so that we can be able to first bring peace to the people and, most importantly, to alleviate the suffering that our people are in," Arik said.

But, Arik added, reaching out to Russia should not hurt relations with other countries that support sanctions, including the United States, which earlier this month imposed targeted sanctions against two military leaders from South Sudan, one from either side of the conflict.

U.S. Ambassador to South Sudan Susan Page has warned more sanctions could be levied by the United States against anyone who commits human rights abuses or stands in the way of peace in South Sudan.

The United States also imposed targeted sanctions on nearly 100 Russian individuals and some 20 companies after Russia annexed Crimea in March.
 

South Sudan 'reaching out to other friends'



Arik said South Sudan is not turning away from the United States, but simply reaching out to other friends.

"It is not a shift. We are still working with the western world. We are still having our relations with the United States, but we are inviting other countries to come on our help, to be able to be supportive to us and respond to our needs," he said.

Arik said South Sudan is looking for all forms of support, not just monetary.

"Support cannot only be material support or money. It can also be moral support," he said.

"Russians have been supporting in trying good things for us, helping us, even praying for us," Arik said.

According to Arik, Marial invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit South Sudan, but he was unable to say if Putin has accepted the invitation.

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by: Priviledge Gadzikwa from: Monash South Africa
May 31, 2014 7:39 AM
Both the two powers United States and Russia are more concerned with their own self interest. Their agendas towards African problems having been relying on satifying their deisres towards tensions and conflicts taking place in Africa.

by: Anonymous
May 31, 2014 3:11 AM
If this turning to Russia was based on some political principle the ruling SPLM has, then it is justifiable. However, if based on SPLM keeping their seat and maintain the status quo, and lack of seriousness to promote the signed peace process, then this move is a mere political prostitution by members of SPLM...and Russia should know better than courting unprincipled individuals as it will backfire on Russia.

by: Anonymous
May 31, 2014 12:58 AM
South Sudan is the new Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. Wake up!

by: pidor duop from: Seattle, Washington.
May 30, 2014 4:01 PM
We are going to beyond the scope of the way we are using the country. The only problem is that your leadership is done for South Sudan.I will not like the idea of go back to the war. If you want us to go back to war, you will not winning in this time.now we have a supporter of the World.
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by: Okwaharu Okuma from: Kapoeta North county
May 31, 2014 3:35 AM
Please let us end this war and gain peace for the benefit of South Sudanese

by: anonymous from: anonymous
May 30, 2014 3:00 PM
If it wasn't for the US, South Sudan wouldn't be a country. How quickly we forget. The Russions are pure evil and they will lead to more mass slaughter in this country. Putin doesn't not care 2 cents about S Sudan, he just wants to get back at the US for sanctions put on him for illegally annexing Crimea. Read the news!!! To Putin, S Sudan is just a pawn in his chess game.

by: Akol from: Aweil
May 30, 2014 7:38 AM
South Sudan must abstain itself from united state and look for the friendly countries inorder to find solution , because usa is the one who give support to Riak Machar thay is the conflict had prolonged like that in S_Sudan .

by: Richard Iwa from: Nimule S.Sudan
May 30, 2014 6:34 AM
Mr Bol am happy with your comment on this mater. when lam young red army,what I know as ally is Russia the Russian president shouldn't invited but lets him come as brother at our rescue from time bombs America has planted in 1991 when they overthrown Michaele Grobachok.dear Marial go ahead look for more ally leave American food full of food poisons .

by: Bol from: Bor
May 30, 2014 3:24 AM
South Sudan should stop always relying on the US, in fact the US is not an ally to trust. Trust the US at own risk. Many countries in our East Africa region are now looking toward Asia, they no longer see the US as that more relevant.

All that the US brings to Africa is meddles in local politics, which always lead to conflict such as what is happening in our country South Sudan.

The US and the Europeans politics of aids isn't helping African masses. They stopped their so-called aids to Uganda a few years ago and but now Uganda is doing just fine.
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by: amir from: detroit
May 31, 2014 10:13 PM
If not for Obama's america u hate so much ur beloved s sudan would not even exist. Russia and most of asia never recognized s sudan until it was obvious it would become indepedent. Asia looks out for asia and russia out for russia. Face the facts. The americans r one of the few real allies u sudanese have left. Its north sudan which has the bulk of energy resources and it is north sudan that russia and the asian nations will always cater to.

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