International - South Africa's International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is hosting her Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Pretoria on Tuesday, as part of the preparations for the visit of Russian President Vladmir Putin 28 March.
Department spokesman Clayton Monyela said the two ministers would review the status of bilateral relations and prepare for the upcoming State Visit by President Putin.
Lavrov's visit follows a bilateral meeting held with Minister Nkoana-Mashabane in Moscow on 12 November 2012 on the margins of the South Africa-Russia Intergovernmental Committee on Trade and Economic Cooperation.
During this week’s visit, the ministers will appraise the status of priority agreements and projects that will be concluded during the Putin visit.
Furthermore, they will exchange views on critical regional and multilateral issues such as the African Agenda (NEPAD), G20, G8, BRICS, and global governance reforms.
Putin, who was Prime Minister at the time, visited South Africa in 2006 - the first ever visit to Africa south of the Sahara by the head of the Russian state.
Diplomatic relations between Russia and South Africa were re-established on 28 Feb. 1992.