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

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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.



Ambassador Mikhail Petrakov visits Kwazulu-Natal province on 5-10 September 2015, holds talks with officials on various aspects of bilateral cooperation

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On 5-10 September Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of South Africa Mikhail Petrakov visited the South African province of Kwazulu-Natal, situated in the East of the country.

During the trip the Ambassador held talks with the Honourable Premier of Kwazulu-Natal Mr E.S.Mchunu and MEC for Economic development and Tourism Mr M.Mabuyakhulu. The parties discussed various issues of bilateral cooperation, focusing on trade and tourism.

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The Ambassador also met with the Mayor of Durban Mr J.Nxumalo. Among the issues discussed were intra-city cooperation between Russia and South Africa, interaction in the spheres of education and sports.

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Russian leaders on Nelson Mandela and his great legacy

«Nelson Mandela represents a whole era in Africa’s modern history. An era that is marked by the victory over the Apartheid regime and the establishment of the democratic South-African Republic. Having gone through ordeals he remained faithful to his radiant ideals of humanism and justice to the very end».
Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation

«Nelson Mandela has rightfully become the embodiment and the keystone figure of national reconciliation in South Africa. Paying respectful tribute to him, Africa’s great son who was awarded the Russian Order of Friendship we will forever be grateful for his vital contribution to advancing our bilateral relations which have by now reached the high level of strategic partnership»
Dmitry Medvedev, Prime-minister of the Russian Federation

«Nelson Mandela was a great man, a prominent statesman of a global scale, a true son of Africa. His whole life was devoted to a struggle for freedom, a freedom for his country and every single South African. His strong will and fortitude, his high-standing morals and power of conviction — those were his main weapons in this struggle.
We will forever preserve the memory of Nelson Mandela. We will follow his shining example, supporting moral principles in international affairs, principles, which many politicians lack so much in today’s world»
Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

«Nelson Mandela’s life and struggle will forever remain a striking example for many generations of politics and common folk all over the globe, for all those who share and hold dear his ideals of freedom, equality and justice.
It is mostly thanks to Nelson Mandela and his steadfast authority that the process of establishing a new post-Apartheid South African statehood went down peacefully without shedding any blood. It is also his expertise that allowed South Africa to promptly, in a historic perspective, take the route of true democratic transformation. He has left his mark on the world’s history as a wise, purposeful politician, an extraordinary humanist, an advocate for human rights».
Valentina Matvienko, President of the Council of the Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation (the Upper Chamber of the Russian Parliament)

President of Russia Vladimir Putin meets with President of South Africa Jacob Zuma on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit in Ufa, Russia


President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin had a meeting with President of South Africa Jacob Zuma. The two presidents discussed the Russian-South African strategic partnership’s further development and strengthening ties on the international stage.

Mr Putin and Mr Zuma put particular emphasis on diversifying trade and economic cooperation, developing investment ties, and expanding humanitarian contacts.

The two presidents also exchanged views on a number of international issues and looked at cooperation within multilateral organisations and regional integration groups.

 Vladimir Putin, President of Russia: Mr President, friends, let me wish you a warm welcome to Ufa and to Russia.

I would like to start by saying once again that South Africa is Russia’s major partner in Africa, a reliable and strategic partner. We have constructive cooperation in all areas, in our bilateral relations, and in our work in international organisations such as the UN, BRICS, WTO, and the IAEA.

Mr Zuma, I want to thank you for supporting the development of Russia’s contacts with organisations such as the African Union and the Southern African Development Community, in which South Africa unquestionably plays a key role.

I am very pleased to have the chance to meet with you on the sidelines of the BRICS summit to discuss our bilateral relations.

Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa: Thank you very much, Your Excellency, Mr President. Thank you for welcoming us so warm in a very beautiful city of Ufa. We are very happy to be here. I would like to congratulate you for hosting the BRICS meeting here. We are very happy to attend the BRICS in the Russian Federation.

We also agree, we think it is an appropriate theme of this BRICS, BRICS Partnership: A Powerful Factor in the Global Development. I think it is absolutely appropriate.

And I would like to echo the words that South Africa is indeed a true friend of the Russian Federation and it remains so, and we are happy to have that kind of relationship with your country.

We are happy to have this meeting on the sidelines of BRICS so that we could discuss our bilateral issues, I agree with you. We are very happy to have this opportunity. We are also happy with the process of preparing the BRICS because there was very good quality of working together with that delegation, and we agreed on all the important aspects that have formed the agenda of the meeting.

So, we are very happy and I think BRICS will go well.

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