>USSR2 File: Putin’s September visit to neo-communist South Africa first-ever visit by Russian head of state; bolster alliances with SA and Angola

>After pouring men, money and munitions into southern Africa for at least three decades, the USSR2 is now openly consolidating its strategic alliances with the neo-communist regimes in South Africa and Angola

Vladimir Putin to visit South Africa
25 July 2006

Russian President Vladimir Putin is to visit South Africa for the first time in September this year, Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma told journalists in Pretoria on Monday.

Dlamini-Zuma was speaking at an “inter-sessional” meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee on Trade and Economic Co-operation (Itec), a platform for the South African and Russian Federation governments to discuss political and economic relations between the two countries.

The minister, accompanied by Russian Minister of Natural Resources and Itec co-chair Yuri Petrovich Trutnev, announced that Putin would be in South Africa on a three-day working visit from 4 to 6 September.

The purpose of Putin’s visit would be to “look into our relationship in general” as well as into global issues, Dlamini-Zuma said.

She added that several agreements worth “hundreds of millions of dollars” would be signed during Putin’s visit.

A business forum, scheduled to run parallel to the Russian president’s visit, would also be held among South African business people and their Russian counterparts.

“Investment is a key issue, and we are putting in more effort to strengthen the co-oporation between us,” the minister said.

A delegation from South Africa’s Department of Minerals and Energy would travel to Russia in a few weeks’ time to explore opportunities in that country’s gas sector.

“This is the sector we are more interested in,” Dlamini-Zuma said, while noting that South Africa and Russia were exploring trade and investment in a number of spheres, including minerals and energy, banking, science and technology, transport and agriculture.

Monday’s meeting between Dlamini-Zuma and Trutnev looked at progress made so far in implementing agreed trade deals between South Africa and Russia, and identified constraints that needed to be ironed out.

SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews

Link: SouthAfrica.Info

Putin to visit Angola in September
Last Updated (Beijing Time): 2006-07-27 14:06

Russian President Vladimir Putinwill visit Angola in September this year, visiting Russian Minister of Natural Resources Lury Trutneu Petrovich said on Wednesday.

This announcement came after the minister attended a meeting held in South Africa, at which South African Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said Putin is scheduled to visit South Africa on September 4-6 to pay the first visit by a Russian head of state to the rainbow nation.

At a joint news conference after Petrovich’s meeting with Angolan Planning Minister Ana Dias Lourenco, Petrovich told the journalists that Putin’s visit will boost existing bilateral cooperation.
The two ministers reviewed the bilateral cooperation in law and financial fields and discussed the signing of an accord aimed to deepen their relations that started in 1975, when Russia was Soviet Union.

Lourenco considered as positive the Angola-Russia cooperation that gained momentum with the visit of Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos to Russia in 1998.

Link: China Economic Net

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