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MOSCOW, November 12. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will discuss the prospects of bilateral cooperation with his South African counterpart Maite Nkoana-Mashabane today in Moscow.
Nkoana-Mashabane is known very well in Russia as Lavrov blew her a kiss at the BRICS summit in July this year, and the video of that became very popular in the Internet.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the talks will focus on "prospects of cooperation and broadening foreign policy coordination on relevant issues of the international agenda."
South Africa is one of the leading countries in Africa, and it traditionally have significant influence on settling conflicts in the region, especially to the south of the Sahara. South Africa is also part of the BRICS organization and has a voice in issues of forming financial institutions of member countries, as the topic has become increasingly important recently.
South African experience may also be helpful for Russia in terms of practical issues of preparing for the FIFA World Cup.
Pretoria is sending signals toward developing its cooperation with Moscow. South African President Jacob Zuma took part in the celebrations dedicated to the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Second World War in Moscow on May 9. He was accompanies by Nkoana-Mashabane who stressed "the enduring importance of the Great Victory for the future of the whole world." She also held a meeting with Lavrov then speaking in favor of developing mutually beneficial cooperation in the spheres of trade and economy, mining, energy, and culture.