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MOSCOW, February 27. /TASS/. Russian-South African political relations are marked by "a consistent and trustworthy dialogue at the highest levels," the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday, on the eve of its 25th anniversary since the two countries established diplomatic relations.
"Russia and South Africa closely coordinate their foreign policy activity on the basis of familiarity or concurring approaches to issues touching on building a multi-polar world, observance of international law, securing the leading role of the UN in international affairs, strengthening information security, settling regional conflicts, as well as war on terror and combatting drug trafficking," the ministry said.
"The two countries have been successfully cooperating within the G20. They constructively cooperate within the framework of BRICS, which fully meets the interests of our states and helps to solve tasks of the group’s steady development, bolstering its positions in global politics and the world’s economy," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
It also noted that the two countries’ presidents regularly exchange messages on current trajectories of cooperation.
Russia and South Africa maintain cooperation in political, economic, scientific and technical, cultural as well as other sectors, the ministry said. It stated that a number of major Russian companies operate in South Africa, while some South African companies are active in Russia. Trade between the two countries came to $750 million last year.
Priorities in avenues of cooperation are in nuclear research, the development of medical and supercomputer technologies, the ministry stated. In particular, a ceremony to commission a Russian quantum optical system is set to take place in the South African city of Hartebeesthoek on Monday.