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Officially unveiling the HartRAO-based cutting edge tech quantum-optical station of the GLONASS satellite navigation system

On 27 February 2017 Russian delegation from Roscosmos and SPC SPP, helmed by Deputy Director-General of Roscosmos Sergey Savelyev, visited the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) in Gauteng province, officially unveiling the HartRAO-based cutting edge tech quantum-optical station of the #GLONASS satellite navigation system. This station will help greatly increase the precision of #GLONASS navigation in the Southern hemisphere.

Deputy Director-General of Roscosmos Sergey Savelyev: "Launch of this high-tech space system, developed in Russia, and operating on South African soil not only reaffirms friendly Russia - South Africa relations between Russia and South Africa but also creates a foundation for further development of scientific cooperation between our countries".

HartRAO Director Ludwig Combrinck: "We as an institution are stregthening cooperation with our Russian counterparts. Our today's event is another step forward for the scientific communities and industries of both our countries".

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at talks with Chairperson of the South African Parliament’s National Council of Provinces Thandi Modise, Moscow, September 28, 2016

Madam Chairperson,


We are glad to welcome you to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during your visit to Russia at the invitation of Valentina Matviyenko, Speaker of the Federation Council of the Russian Parliament.

In a few months, in early 2017, we will celebrate the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and South Africa, although friendly, close, fraternal relations between our nations have a longer history. We remember the heroic struggle of the South African people for independence. We not only expressed solidarity but also provided active support to your struggle.

After South Africa gained independence, our relations started growing, ultimately reaching a point in 2013 when President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of South Africa Jacob Zuma signed a joint declaration on the establishment of a comprehensive strategic partnership between Russia and South Africa. The scope of our strategic partnership has expanded since then, with deepening bilateral trade, economic, cultural and other types of cooperation and growing interaction on the international stage.

We are working together in the UN, BRICS and other international organisations to uphold our common views on international law, respect for the right of nations to self-determination and the further development of the UN and the strengthening of its central role in the peaceful settlement of conflicts. We highly value our cooperation on issues pertaining to the strengthening of Russia’s ties with Africa and South Africa’s role in facilitating the settlement of various conflicts in Africa.

Inter-parliamentary cooperation is an increasingly important element of our strategic partnership.

We appreciate this opportunity to exchange opinions on all these issues.

We are happy to see you. Once again, welcome to Moscow.

Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with Chairperson of the South African Parliament’s National Council of Provinces Thandi Modise

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On September 28, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with Thandi Modise, Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, the upper house of the Parliament of South Africa, who is in Russia on an official visit.

The officials had a committed discussion of current issues pertaining to the further strengthening of Russia-South Africa fruitful cooperation in the main areas of their strategic partnership. They reaffirmed the importance of carrying on active inter-parliamentary relations at the bilateral level and within international formats such as BRICS.

Mr Lavrov and Ms Modise also pointed to the similarity or closeness of Russian and South African views on global and regional issues, in particular the fight against international terrorism, the situation in Syria and the rest of the Middle East and the settlement of crises in Africa. In this connection, they expressed the mutual intention of Moscow and Pretoria to maintain an active and confidential political dialogue.

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