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On 16-22 August 2016 a delegation from the People’s Friendship University of Russia also known as the RUDN University headed by Vice-Rector Larisa Efremova visited South Africa

On 16-22 August 2016 a delegation from the People’s Friendship University of Russia also known as the RUDN University headed by Vice-Rector Larisa Efremova visited South Africa.

The delegation visited Free State, where a meeting with Premier Ace Magashule and Provincial Government took place. The negotiations focused on advanced cooperation and practical issues, such as 122 students from Free State currently studying at RUDN in Moscow. As was decided that these South African students will receive field experience and practical training at Free State-based companies and institutions.

RUDN delegates met with officials from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of South Africa, discussing current and possible venues of cooperation.

Enhancing interaction between RUDN and leading South African universities, both bilaterally and within the BRICS Network University, was also a major focus of the visit. The delegation met with the leadership of Witwatersrand University, University of Johannesburg, University of Pretoria, University of Free State and Central University of Technology.

RUDN is to sign cooperation agreements with University of Johannesburg and University of Pretoria by the end of this year.
The head of the delegation Larisa Efremova noted that this visit shows a high level of genuine interest from all involved parties towards intensified cooperation.

On passing away of Vadim Lukov, prominent Russian diplomat, former Ambassador to South Africa and Lesotho & Sous-Sherpa in BRICS


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Vadim B. Lukov died on 12 August 2016 at the age of 63. He was a brilliant career diplomat who left his mark during all his postings and assignments.

Ambassador Lukov played no small part in the tremendous success of BRICS, serving as Russia’s Sous-Sherpa for 2009-2015.

One of the highlights of his career was the time spent in South Africa as the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of South Africa and Kingdom of Lesotho (1997-2000).

He was also Russia’s Ambassador to Belgium (2004-2009).

Our heartfelt and sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Press Release on the Working Visit of the Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation to the Republic of South Africa

Unofficial translation

On 25 November, Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation visited the Republic of South Africa.

In Pretoria N.Patrushev was received by President of the Republic of South Africa Jacob Zuma. During the meeting issues pertaining to Russia-South Africa cooperation in various spheres were discussed.

N.Patrushev also held consultations with Minister of State Security of the Republic of South Africa David Mahlobo. The Sides discussed Russian and South African joint efforts in countering international terrorism and extremism, ensuring information security as well as matters of cooperation within BRICS and the UN, Russia-South Africa military and law enforcement departments’ coordination.

The Sides took note of successful Russia-South Africa interaction on the international arena and the proximity of approaches of the two States toward key items of global and regional agenda.

Russia-South Africa cooperation on legal matters, in military and military-technical spheres, promising nuclear energy projects were also a subject of discussion.

The Sides paid special attention to countering «coloured revolutions» and preventing interference in internal affairs of African states.

The Sides noted the importance of intensifying dialogue and strengthening partnership between Russia and South Africa on security matters that are in line with long-term interests of both countries and contribute to maintaining security and stability.

Representatives of Russian Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Justice, Defence, Telecom and Mass Communications, Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation, Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation and State Corporation «Rosatom» took part in the consultations.

Following up the negotiations N.Patrushev and D.Mahlobo signed the Memorandum of Understanding between the Office of the Security Council of the Russian Federation and the Department of State Security of the Republic of South Africa. This document establishes a framework for regular consultations and exchange of opinions on matters of mutual interest as regards national, regional and international security.

N.Patrushev and D.Mahlobo have met for the fourth time this year. The previous meetings were held in Moscow during bilateral Russia-South Africa consultations on security issues and the BRICS National Security Advisors Meeting as well as in Ulan-Ude at the international Meeting of High Representatives Supervising Security Matters.

Press Release on the Meeting of FM of Russia Sergey Lavrov with FM of South Africa Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Moscow, November 2015

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On 12 November 2015, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov met with Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa Maite Nkoana-Mashabane who arrived in Moscow to co-chair the 13th Session of the Russia-South Africa Joint Intergovernmental Committee on Trade and Economic Cooperation (ITEC).

During the talks, the Sides in detail discussed topical issues of further strengthening cooperation between Russia and South Africa in key areas of strategic partnership including energy sector and extraction of mineral resources. The Ministers held an in-depth exchange of opinions on global and regional agenda topics of mutual interest including fighting international terrorism in Syria, Iraq and the Middle East region overall as well as settlement of military-political conflicts in Africa. Having stated the similarity and proximity of the positions of the two countries on the aforementioned issues, the Ministers reaffirmed mutual readiness to deepen constructive Russian-South African dialogue in the interests of enhancing coordination within the UN, BRICS, G20 and other multilateral formats.



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