8 October 2018

South Africa: Russia's Nuclear Deal Is Icy, but Its Relations With SA Are Not - Deputy Foreign Minister

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Africa's only nuclear power station so far, in South Africa. Egypt is on track to go nuclear next, and Nigeria is among a number of other African nations which have signed agreements with Russia.
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Russia lost out when a change in leadership meant that the nuclear power stations deal with South Africa is on ice, at best. Still, Russian deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov says his country's future relations with Africa are looking bright.

The disintegration of the Soviet Union in late 1991 left Russia reeling, and it took years to recover from that. As the world order seems to be changing with Brexit and Donald Trump in the picture, the continents with future potential, like Africa, are ready for business with the world's second superpower.

Russian deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov, who is also President Vladimir Putin's pointsman on Africa and the Middle East, said as much on Saturday morning as part of a panel on Africa at the Rhodes Forum, held on the Greek island of Rhodes in the Mediterranean Sea, better known as a holiday destination and the former site of one of the legendary Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the...

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