Monday January 23, 2023
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is due to hold talks with his South African counterpart
Russia's Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, is visiting South Africa for the first time since the invasion of Ukraine 11 months ago, which Pretoria has refused to condemn.Mr Lavrov is due to hold talks with his South African counterpart, Naledi Pandor, in Pretoria.
While Russia is being shunned by the West, it has historic ties with Pretoria as well as close business links through the Brics bloc of emerging economies.
A protest by anti-Russia demonstrators is planned outside the venue of the talks.
South Africa plans to hold joint naval exercises Operation Mosi with Russia and China next month.