Moscow: Russia and South Africa on Thursday
inked a deal under which Moscow will supply enriched uranium
to Pretoria to meet its nuclear fuel requirements.
The deal signed during the Kremlin talks between
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his South African
counterpart Jacob Zuma provides for the deliveries of enriched
uranium over the period of 2011-2017, ITAR-TASS reported.
Chief of Russia`s Rosatom - Federal Atomic Energy
Agency Sergei Kiriyenko said the Russian uranium deliveries
would cover 45 per cent of the total requirements of enriched
uranium for the nuclear power generation by South Africa.
Addressing a joint news conference in the Kremlin
after his talks with Zuma, who is on a two day visit Medvedev
said Russia and South Africa would develop a strategic
partnership in all directions.
The two sides also signed an agreement on visa-free
regime for their diplomats and official passport holders.
RIA Novosti said a number of other agreements are
expected to be signed to promote Moscow`s bi-lateral ties with
South Africa in the defence, space and hi-tech sectors.
Russian space chief Anatoly Perminov said Russia
could be interested in setting up satellite data receiving
centres in South Africa and involvement of South African
entities in various space research projects, including
development of spacecraft.
Speaking at the Kremlin news conference Medvedev
expressed Moscow`s willingness to involve South Africa into
the BRIC club of Brazil, Russia, India and China.
"We are ready to develop various forms of cooperation
with our South African partners, including in the direction of
BRIC," Medvedev said in his televised remarks.
He said being an emerging economy the participation
of South Africa in the discussion of the wide range of issues
discussed in the BRIC format would be very productive.