SA/Russian military relations cemented during Ministerial Moscow visit
South African Defence and Military Veterans Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, spent this week in Russia attending an international security conference and meeting with her Russian Federation counterpart. Her meeting with General Serge Shoigu on the side-lines of the Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS) saw defence relations between the two countries come under the spotlight. This as a result of a binational defence committee and another designated to deal with defence technical matters all aimed at improving military to military relations between the countries headed up by Vladimir Putin and Jacob Zuma. A statement released by Department of Defence head of communications, Siphiwe Dlamini, who is part of the South African delegation to Moscow, indicated there are “positive dynamics between the two countries’ defence forces”. Dlamini added there was “growing intensity and opportunity” to improve military to military relations and work with the South African defence industry. Shoigu said the Russian Federation was committed to all agreements and technical co-operation memoranda. He also extended an invitation to South Africa to attend the 2016 Military Forum seminar taking place in Moscow later this year.