The United States has concerns about a decision by South Africa
to join Russia and China in their military drills, White House
Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.
She refused to say whether Washington had made this position
clear to Pretoria, where Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov
visited on Monday. 'I don't have any conversations to read out, but
we've been very-very consistent [on this issue],' Jean-Pierre
She did not say what consequences African governments that work
with Russia's Wagner private military company may face in the wake
of Washington's decision to designate it as a transnational
criminal organization. Nor did Jean-Pierre comment on whether US
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen might be talking about this during
her African tour. 'I will leave any conversation that Secretary
Yellen has had with leaders to her and to her office to speak to,'
the White House press secretary said.
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