Vladimir Putin and his infernal legion of spooks and provocateurs seem to have done SA a favour. They have forced the adults in the Brics-obsessed ANC government to pay attention to the ailing state of SA’s relationship with the US. Yet another own goal for the Kremlin. So, at any rate, one hopes.

SA’s preferential access to the US market under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) is not in immediate jeopardy, at least not on account of Russia. There are other, trade-related, reasons SA may have to worry about its Agoa status. But Putin has if anything strengthened the case for SA’s continued inclusion. ..

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