On 12 May, Russian President Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with South African leader Cyril Ramaphosa at the initiative of South Africa, as reported by the official website of the Kremlin.
The two sides discussed important issues of the Russian-South African strategic partnership and expressed confidence in further intensification of mutually beneficial partnership in many areas.
The two leaders underscored the importance of continuing the close coordination between Russia and South Africa as they prepare for the second Russia-Africa summit in St Petersburg on 26-29 July, and the BRICS summit in Johannesburg in August under the South African Chairmanship.
South Africa took over the presidency on 1 January 2023. During an interim meeting of the BRICS Business Council, South Africa's sous-herpa to BRICS identified five priorities for the country's chairmanship of the alliance. Ben Joubert stressed that the five states are the leading partners of the global South and leaders in ensuring global growth and sustainable development.
"A high level of cooperation is maintained with Latin American countries in the humanitarian sphere. The number of countries with which we have established a visa-free regime is steadily growing - currently it covers 27 Latin American states. This opens up more and more opportunities for business, scientific and cultural exchanges, as well as increasing counter tourist flows"