Deputy President David "DD" Mabuza wouldn’t be drawn, on Thursday, into answering whether he discussed SA’s upcoming elections with the Russians when he visited the country last month‚ but he was clear that nuclear was not on the agenda. Mabuza was answering MPs’ oral questions in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on Thursday afternoon. He told MPs that he went to Russia at President Cyril Ramaphosa’s request to convey SA’s message of congratulations to Russian President Vladimir Putin on his re-election and inauguration, which Ramaphosa was unable to attend. Mabuza said he never met with the Russian president but had a meeting with the country’s foreign affairs minister. "In our discussions we renewed SA’s commitment to further develop the good relationship we have with Russia, guided by the 2013 joint declaration on strategic partnership. We further discussed the importance of the implementation of the provision of the declaration‚ especially pertaining to annual political ...

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