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Zuma and Putin discuss relations

By Sapa | Aug 29, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 48 ]

President Jacob Zuma has met Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss ways in which their countries could strengthen relations, the presidency said on Thursday.

"The two presidents deliberated around a host of issues that affect the two countries, and discussed how they could further strengthen and consolidate the good bilateral relations that exist between the two countries," the presidency said in a statement.

"The two leaders also discussed ways to strengthen the existing bilateral agreements and mutual co-operation."

Putin is said to have welcomed Zuma's visit and encouraged both countries to work together in implementing the decisions that were taken last year during the state visit of South Africa to Russia.

"He emphasised the need for Russian and South African ministers to work together in taking forward the bilateral agreements.

"President Putin further commended the work that has been done by the joint Russia-SA Business Council, which saw a rise in trade between SA and Russia which grew by 13 percent in 2013, which represents a significant growth in trade between the two countries."

Putin briefed Zuma on the situation in the Ukraine and underlined his commitment to finding a peaceful solution to the crisis.

"The two presidents also discussed issues around the developments in the Middle East, in particular around the resolution of the Israeli-Palestine conflict through peaceful means."

Zuma raised the matter of the repatriation of South African activists who were buried in Russia, including Ivor David Jones, J.B. Marks and Moses Kotane.

"He thanked the government of Russia for taking care of the heroes who are buried in Moscow and he indicated that there are discussions and arrangements that are ongoing between Russia and SA about how the repatriation process should be handled," the presidency said.


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Zuma on a diet, he should give Khulubuse the recipe he is using.

Aug 29, 2014 7:34 | 3 replies


You notice how far Putana is standing. Two reasons 1. He is worried that what Zuma's got can jump. 2. He is keeping his pockets covered. Eish Black man you are truly on your own.

Aug 29, 2014 8:22 | 2 replies


eish mlungu man, you are thinking with your skin so early in the morning. What makes you think that Putin is standing further? Zuma could be standing and Putin approached him for a handshake and pose. Yeses mlungu you are pathetic.

Aug 29, 2014 8:27 | 1 replies


Broer I embrace you my African brother. But what does Putansky do? He stands there with a Vendalizard "smile" on his face. AT ARMS LENGTH. I tell you no lie. Trust me I am a amaBoere.

Aug 29, 2014 9:30 | 1 replies


Agreed BOKKE_ Putin wants nothing to do with this fudge packing monkey, SA has nothing to offer Russia and Russia is sure as hell not giving any more handouts to failed, corrupt african Jelly Tots.

Aug 30, 2014 9:43 | 0 replies


@Bokker in most public engagement the KFB Ninja always keep a distance, i think its to avoid infringing on personal space, which is really something of good manners on the KFB Ninja's part, as for SA and relationship with Russia, as Zuma doesn't read he prolly is not aware that more non white immigrants have been murdered in hate crime in Russia than any country in Europe and there's been little to no convictions for such,Zuma appears to sell SA to any potential bidder.

Aug 29, 2014 11:36 | 2 replies


We are agreed on Refugee Zupta being desperate. As for Putana OK My sista have it your way. I just want to point out that you have been wrong about one or two other small things like thiEFF but for the sake of a peaceful Friday I will stand corrected.

Aug 29, 2014 12:5 | 2 replies


No Bokker I've seen pubilc engagement of this Putin guy he seldom ever come 'too' close his peers, I think its a specific Russian code, as for wrong I am wrong about a lot of things and when (a person whose judgement I trust) call me out on that, why wld it be a war? cause I see that as constructive, on the EFF ma man, desperate times call for desperate actions that's all I can say, they are not teh best in town but they sure bring crucial issues debated even at grassroots, all I want is an open, honest debate our issues which have been outstanding since 1994 because anc baasboy gov is too busy being corrupt and moonlighting as a gov, rather than solving the problem.

Aug 29, 2014 2:40 | 0 replies


BTW I am more than willing to discuss with you my affiliation to the EFF at length, so you can understand what informs my decision,as I said they are not the best/perfect but they are at least trying under very desperately dangerous circumstances, whilst other politicians are chosing to self preserve.

Aug 29, 2014 2:43 | 0 replies


@Guptanistan1 _ What the hell is KFB ?? -

Aug 30, 2014 9:47 | 0 replies


The president must buy of suits of proper size.

Aug 29, 2014 8:25 | 1 replies
Aug 29, 2014 12:34 | 0 replies


@Mzabalazo, you're on point girl, he shld share the secret wtih nosiviwe and other parly fatties of his cabinet, lol

Aug 29, 2014 11:37 | 0 replies


not sure how true is this but i understand they also discussed the possibility of a nuclear power source that russia wants to build in SA i am told it is worth ove 100 billion. but as i say its unsustantiated info at the moment!

Aug 29, 2014 7:41 | 2 replies


maneater - Last the government spoke about it, they said it would cost R1 trillion.

Aug 29, 2014 8:22 | 0 replies


ooh Polonium trick to make Malema (EFF) disappear lol

Aug 29, 2014 11:38 | 0 replies


Fila da Putin X 2

Aug 29, 2014 8:7 | 0 replies


so this dumb fool president chose a wrong time to sign deals with russian. Now russia is suffering from the western sanctions and zupta want to create enemies with the west. what is he doing in russia now cause he was suppose to be there for only two days?

Aug 29, 2014 8:13 | 3 replies


Exactly Hos. Poor old Pusycho Putin is struggling now. Talk about dredging up the dregs to find a friendly cheat and thief to call your mate. LOL@Zupta the skinny puppet

Aug 29, 2014 8:20 | 0 replies


Hoshinkulu- It called "having a back bone." We are SA not Australia, US or Britain. Our foreign policy is not drawn by these countries. Its business as usual. Don't tell me you are one of those people who run away from their friends or colleagues when they are in big doodoo just because you fear of being branded as one. You wont make a good leader my friend, just stick to following and saying "yes" to everything.

Aug 29, 2014 8:35 | 1 replies


Mapholoba uyibeke yacaca

Aug 29, 2014 11:56 | 0 replies


I suppose it is only fair. When the world put sanctions on South Africa, during apartheid, Russia traded with us. Just repaying the favour, I guess.

Aug 29, 2014 8:48 | 1 replies


and the bulk of the countries that put sanctions on SA were white. because of the human right issues etc. the sanctions had an enormous effect. more than the likes of the current service delivery protests. and the arms that came from Russians they are also very very white.

Aug 29, 2014 9:44 | 0 replies


Anybody else notice that russia invaded ukraine yesterday?

Aug 29, 2014 8:21 | 2 replies


I think Ukraine might have noticed. They aren't the brightest bunch but that would have been a bit hard to miss

Aug 29, 2014 8:23 | 1 replies


MommaC - Not a single article about it on any South African news source.

Aug 29, 2014 8:29 | 1 replies


Our South African media are populist tabloids. Some wars are 'sexy' and others aren't. We don't hear a hell of a lot about Syria or Tibet either but, let Israel and Palestine start their shiit and it is all over the place

Aug 29, 2014 8:37 | 1 replies


MommaC - Yeah, you are right. News on malema and hofmeyer is considered far more important.

Aug 29, 2014 8:45 | 1 replies


sad actually, the annexure of crimea didn't feature at all. what the Russians are doing is just plain wrong.

Aug 29, 2014 9:47 | 0 replies


Ukraine have been invaded for sometime now, the East part of their country now belongs to Russia, anyway they should have tried to gov their country properly and prevent Russia from becoming nervous about Russia's security resulting to the take over, am not saying Russia is right am saying they were spoiling for it,

Aug 29, 2014 11:40 | 0 replies


Lobola talks going well then? Let us hope we get a fair deal and it isn't going to be ukuthwala

Aug 29, 2014 8:22 | 0 replies


But we all know why jacob is in russia, without an agenda. He had a rough two weeks. And he knew he would lose the spytapes. Now he's in hiding in another country. Not the first time jacob fled the country to lay low while the heat fades.

Aug 29, 2014 8:23 | 0 replies


our president is sick as anything

Aug 29, 2014 8:35 | 0 replies


Hey Sin, according to the US, Russia has been invading Ukraine every day since the doodle-necks in Washington and Brussels thought of extending North Atlantic Terrorist Organization (NATO) all the way to Russia's doorstep, same way Russia 'invaded' Georgia. Aren't the Russians 'threatening world peace' by intending to rebuild the Soviet Union, hence NATO is deploying heavy military equipment and troops in Poland, Lithuania, Moldova, Latvia etc? NATO wanted to place nuclear weapons in Crimea and kick out the Russian Naval base that has been there for over 100 yrs, the lease between Russia and Ukraine was going to expire in 2040, but the Nazis that staged a coup in Kiev wanted to sell their soul to the NATO dweebs for 2 cents. All eastern Ukraine regions are predominantly Russian speaking, their old name is Novorussia, that includes Lugansk and Donetsk regions that the Kiev coup regime is bombing daily.

Aug 29, 2014 9:3 | 2 replies


JohnStone - According to everyone else in the world, Russia invaded ukraine yesterday when they rolled armored columns into the country. There is no more soviet union dude, it ended when the berlin wall fell. I just find it funny how you would shout out against isreal, but ignore ukraine. Its your typical hypocracy showing again.

Aug 29, 2014 9:10 | 0 replies


John, Welcome to the modern world. People in Ukraine were all a 'Twitter' yesterday. In fact, most of the social media formats were full of Ukrainians and their views on what was happening.

Aug 29, 2014 9:25 | 1 replies


Ukraine is a state with its defined borders, the very recent elections showed the will of the majority of the people. to roll tanks into another country is universally accepted as JUST WRONG.

Aug 29, 2014 9:51 | 0 replies


I wonder if Putin's daughter gonna be pregnant next week.

Aug 29, 2014 9:10 | 3 replies


I hope she took the morning after pills. Or a shower.

Aug 29, 2014 9:33 | 0 replies


Why do I suddenly have a vision of Putin, riding a bear waving and AK in the air?

Aug 29, 2014 9:39 | 2 replies


Because you are pervy?????

Aug 29, 2014 10:6 | 0 replies


MommaC_ You have no respect for the greatest and most powerful man on the planet. Putin must just kick this fat zulu Jelly Tot to the gutter.

Aug 30, 2014 9:52 | 0 replies


kikiiki showera will be showering for sure

Aug 29, 2014 9:53 | 0 replies


Zuma is taking Herbex - isihlasela mafutha everyday.

Aug 29, 2014 10:5 | 1 replies


ROTFOLOL no man yhuuu, udlala ngozuma wabantu, if he knew anything abt Herbex he'd share with his spouses, esp that mantuli woman, when she was photographed as one of of African leadership crew eating at the whitehouse I felt sorry for other guests...

Aug 29, 2014 11:43 | 1 replies
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