The South African Communist Party (SACP) said Friday it supported Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military offensive against Ukraine and said the Russian Federation was defending its sovereignty and integrity against Western imperialist forces led by the United States.
While the SACP Said it did not support war and the killing of innocent civilians, the party’s first deputy secretary general, Solly Mapaila, said Putin stood up to “the big boys of the US and the European Union who are intimidating the whole world”.
Putin’s decision to steer troops to Ukraine on Thursday sent shockwaves around the world, with swift sanctions imposed by the US and EU on Russia over its invasion of the former Soviet state.
Mapaila said Russia’s conviction was wrong because the US and its allies sponsored wars in Syria and the Middle East, including other parts of the world, with impunity.
He said that Russia was revolting against US imperialism, and that this is a cause for celebration, not the invasion of Ukraine.
“While the impression is given that Russia is the aggressor, in this case the aggressor is US imperialism that has aggressively tried to encircle Russia, and Russia must defend itself,” Mapaila said in an interview with Newzroom Africa†
The SACP leader alleged that the EU was cooperating with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) ignored peace agreements that led to the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
He said Putin was merely defending the Russian Federation against the West’s attempts to “finish it off”, especially given Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s moves to join NATO.
“They are now encircling Russia to finish it off, especially from its defense mechanism … NATO has never disintegrated, it exists and remains an aggressive force,” Mapaila said.
“We fully understand why Russia had to protect its own defences. It’s like, say, allowing the US to come and build its military might in Lesotho, which is a landlocked country in South Africa, when we know it’s not a friendly force for us.
“That is exactly what is happening there in Ukraine and Russia will be reckless to accept such a move from the US,” he added.
Mapaila said in the recent past they had warned NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg about the organization’s aggression against Russia and China, particularly over tensions over the South China Sea and Taiwan.
“We appreciate and know what is peace and unjust peace, what is war and unjust war.
“And in this case, we know that Russia’s intent is to defend its own sovereignty and integrity, and not be surrounded by NATO and US air defense missiles.”
Mapaila said he condemned the sanctions imposed on Russia by US President Joe Biden and the EU, saying they were “an evil instrument”.
“The use of international financial instruments is an evil tool used by the imperialist forces, rather than allowing that tool to be used for the development of the world,” he said.
He said the sanctions against Russia are no different from those imposed by the West on socialist countries such as Cuba and Venezuela.
“If it suits them, they will shut down countries… today Venezuela and Cuba cannot transact through the international system.”
Mapaila said the sanctions against Russia were an opportunity for the country to cut itself off from the West.
“Perhaps it will be a welcome step and Russia will see the need, given its technological progress, to develop capacity by working with other countries such as China and others to create alternatives, because this unitarism of the US and European imperialism , which is imposed on the world, must really come to an end.”