South Africa’s Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise is in Russia for the 10th Moscow Conference on International Security.
Modise was invited by her Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu and will be in Moscow for three days.
Her spokesperson, Cornelius Monama, said the conference’s objectives are to share practical ideas and explore solutions on matters of global security and she is expected to address the conference on Tuesday. Said Monama:
Minister Thandi Modise is also scheduled to have a bilateral meeting with the Russian Minister of Defence, General Shoigu, on the margins of the conference.
South Africa and the Russian Federation enjoy cordial relations. Both countries have signed a number of military-related bilateral agreements which are yielding significant benefits for both countries.
As one of the key players in peace and security on the African continent, it is hoped that this conference will help expose South Africa to practical and innovative strategies to address the defence and security challenges that confront Africa.
South Africa stands ready to work with all peace-loving nations of the world, through relevant multilateral bodies, to contribute meaningfully towards lasting peace in the world.
Last week the United States released a 17-page strategy document stressing the threats posed by China and Russia to its interests in sub-Saharan Africa.
But during Blinken’s visit to South Africa, International Relations Minister Naledi Pandor told Blinken that South Africa will not be bullied into dissociating from Russia following its invasion of Ukraine.
Pandor also reiterated SA’s call for peace talks between Russia and Ukraine.