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Pentagon Not Happy About South African Naval Exercises But Won’t Admit It Publicly

Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh speaks during an on-camera press briefing at the Pentagon on February 22, 2023. Image via the United States Departemnt of Defense.

The United States military is staying largely quiet over the ongoing joint naval exercises in South Africa that include Russia and China.

Earlier, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs Chidi Blyden said the U.S. respects South Africa’s national security decisions and resisted publicly criticizing Pretoria for hosting two of Washington’s rivals at such a sensitive time.

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