Russian, South African Presidents Discuss Collaborations On Space And Nuclear Projects

Russian President, Vladmir Putin and South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa. Image Source: Office of the President of Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa have discussed specific mining projects, Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

“President Putin had a detailed conversation with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. The two sides had a substantive discussion of bilateral Russian-South African relations, not only in general, they spoke about specific projects as well,” he noted.

He added that these projects were related to “the extraction of mineral resources, specifically, platinum, issues overseen by Russian Railways, the Russian State Nuclear Energy Corporation and the use of the GLONASS base station.”

According to Peskov, “Ramaphosa gratefully accepted the invitation to the Russia-Africa summit, which will be held in October in Sochi, and pointed out that his visit [to Russia] was on the agenda.”.

South Africa already hosts a ground station that monitors GLONASS and GPS satellites. The ground station, known as the  Sazhen-TM-BIS station, was commissioned by Russia’s Precision Instrument Systems Corporation in 2017 within the premises of the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) located near Johannesburg. The Sazhen-TM-BIS station observes GLONASS and GPS satellites’ navigation signals, as well as measurements of navigation parameters of their travel and receipt of navigation messages from the satellites. The first node of the project was installed and commissioned in 2014 in Brazil.

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