- Ramaphosa may have angered Putin when he chose to meet with Chinese president instead of him
- Deputy President Mabuza was sent to Russia to keep the peace
It is reported that South African Deputy president David Mabuza had to fly to Russia in a hurry this week so he could try and calm down Putin and keep things civil between South Africa and Putin.
According to media reports President Cyril Ramaphosa has upset President Vladimir Putin quite a bit by choosing to meet with the Chinese President Xi Jinping instead of him.
President Ramaphosa agreed to meet with President Jinping during the Brics summit in July. But it is also the same time that Jacob Zuma had arranged for President Putin to come over to South Africa.
So now Mabuza has been sent to smooth the feathers of the upset Russian bird and set a new date for the cancelled visit. There are some rumours going around that President Ramaphosa did not go to see Putin himself because he is afraid of the Russian president.
It is also believed that Mabuza was charged with informing President Putin that there will be no nuclear deal with Russia's nuclear agency Rosatom. The reason for this is the costs that will be involved. The deal would have cost South Africa around R1 trillion.
Officially, it is stated that Mabuza went to Russia simply to congratulate the president with winning the Russian elections again. According to Lindiwe Sisulu, Mabuza will carry over a letter of congratulations, nothing more.
It is believed that this trip of Mabuza's was very hastily planned when the government learned that old president Zuma was planning a trip to Russia.
It is a generally accepted fact that Zuma and President Putin had become close friends over the years and it is believed that Zuma was strongly inclined towards nuclear power.
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