Vladimir Putin, in his very first Brics Summit meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa, brought up the nuclear deal South Africa entered into with Russia under the watch of Jacob Zuma.
Officials on the side-lines of the Brics summit described Putin’s reminder as “frank”.
Ramaphosa, however, was having none of it.
Our economy is very stagnant. It’s not growing at the rate that we want it to so, while we remain committed to an energy mix, which includes nuclear, South Africa is not yet at a point where it's able to sign on the dotted line.— Khusela Diko, Spokesperson for President Cyril Ramaphosa
Diko would not comment on the relations between Ramaphosa and the Russian strongman.
Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for quotes from it).
I’m certainly a bit underwhelmed… I find the attitude of Brics leaders a bit self-congratulatory…— JJ Cornish, EWN
It’s been Xi Jinping’s summit… He set the tone… taking a swipe at Donald Trump… He has a plan to reshape the world… He strains every sinew to ensure Brics is working…— JJ Cornish, EWN
...The way China is mending fences with India all the time…— JJ Cornish, EWN
…absolutely geopolitics… reshaping the way foreign policy works in the world… with Beijing at the centre of it…— JJ Cornish, EWN
Certainly they want a deal that’s best for China... Are we going to fall victim to Chinese lending like others have?— JJ Cornish, EWN
Look at Angola… are they going to take further loans? As for Zimbabwe; in over their heads!— JJ Cornish, EWN
To believe that you can go it alone is to make the Brexit error.— JJ Cornish, EWN
One of the achievements of Jacob Zuma was getting us into Brics…— JJ Cornish, EWN
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