Pressure piles on Russia ahead of Kasane meeting

Battleground: Delegates to the Kimberley Process intersessional began jetting into Kasane on Friday
Battleground: Delegates to the Kimberley Process intersessional began jetting into Kasane on Friday

Ahead of this week’s meeting of the global diamond industry in Kasane, more lobbyists are adding their weight to a campaign for a worldwide censure of Russia’s diamonds as punishment for its ongoing war in Ukraine. Staff Writer, MBONGENI MGUNI reports

Russia’s ambassador to Botswana, Andrey Kemarskiy, was scheduled to leave for Kasane on Thursday ahead of the week-long meeting of a top diamond industry organisation, whose members include both Moscow’s friends and foes, as well as the ongoing target of its hostilities, Ukraine.

Prior to his departure, on Wednesday, Kemarskiy, as Russia’s point-man in Botswana, held a briefing for local journalists, presenting a nine-minute video tracing the origins of the conflict in Ukraine and essentially justifying Moscow’s actions.

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