Putin is coming to SA and he’s not coming alone

Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin will soon descend on South Africa – and with him will be more than a dozen top government officials.

Putin will be in the country for the BRICS Summit‚ taking place in Johannesburg from July 25 to 27. Putin last visited South Africa the BRICS Summit that was held in the country - in Durban‚ five years ago.

His only state visit was in 2006.

Russian embassy press attaché Alexander Kulyaev said the places that Putin would visit while in the country would be determined by the BRICS Summit’s programme directors.

Kulyaev said the Cradle of Humankind was one of the potential destinations that BRICS leaders could visit.

“Everything is changing by the minute and it is difficult to confirm who is coming. However‚ there will be a big delegation of ministers who will accompany the president‚” Kulyaev said.

He said more than a dozen ministers would attend‚ including Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov.

The summit is convened annually‚ with discussions around political and socio-economic coordination as well as giving countries a chance to identify and act on business opportunities and areas of cooperation.

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