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South Africa foreign minister says held wonderful talks with Russia

South Africa and Russia have expressed desire to work together more closely following a visit to Pretoria by Moscow’s foreign minister.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visited South Africa for the first time since the invasion of Ukraine 11 months ago, which Pretoria has resisted being pressured to condemn.

While Russia is being shunned by the West, South Africa has maintained historic ties with Moscow as well as close business links through the Brics bloc of emerging economies.

South Africa foreign minister says held wonderful talks with Russia

A good number of many African nations have also refused to server ties with Russia over Ukraine conflict, rather have chosen to maintain neutrality.

Mr Lavrov held talks with his South African counterpart, Naledi Pandor.

Speaking after the meeting, Ms Pandor described Mr Lavrov as her friend and said the discussions were “wonderful”.

Both ministers also defended plans to hold joint military exercises with China next month.

They said any country had the right to conduct such drills.

A small group of protesters gathered outside the venue waving Ukrainian flags.

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