Deputy President David Mabuza will meet President Vladimir Putin in Russia on Tuesday. The Deputy President has been appointed Special Envoy to the Russian Federation by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Mabuza’s mission is to strengthen the already existing political, economic and trade ties between South Africa and Russia.
Among his duties, Deputy President Mabuza is expected to convey President Ramaphosa’s message of congratulations to President Putin on his re-election and inauguration.
The Presidency says relations between the two countries are underpinned by their shared values of the rule of law in international relations and multilateralism.
The two countries value the development of bilateral relations on the basis of equality, respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of states.
The President will host his Russian counterpart and other Heads of State of the BRICS bloc of nations at the forthcoming BRICS Summit in South Africa in July.