- Russia’s president has arrived in South Africa to attend the 2018 Bricks summit
- Heads of state and business people from Brazil, India and China and now Russia have descended on Johannesburg for the 10th annual Bricks summit to discuss trade and investment opportunities
- Putin was the last head of state to arrive in South Africa and will along with the other leaders attend a closed-door meeting hosted by President Cyril Ramaphosa
Russian president Vladimir Putin arrived in Johannesburg earlier on Thursday morning to attend the 2018 Bricks summit which is being held in Sandton. Putin was the last of the Bricks heads of state to arrive in the country.
Putin arrived with a powerful delegation which includes some of his most senior and trusted ministers and business partners.
The Russian president’s plane landed at OR Tambo International Airport earlier. Security at the airport, the Sandton International Convention Centre and all other locations Putin is expected to visit have been tightened.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Putin joined his fellow heads of state for an official photo showing the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa before heading to Maropeng for a retreat which is being hosted by Ramaphosa.
eNCA.com reported that the Bricks leaders are all expected to attend the retreat at the Cradle of Humankind and will reportedly engage in a series of closed-door discussions.
Ramaphosa will according to a report by TimesLive.co.za deliver the opening address of the summit which is being attended by politicians and thousands of businesspeople representing the five member nations.
The summit which is being held at the Sandton International Convention Centre and will continue until Friday. All the leaders of the member nations are expected to address the summit during the course of proceedings.
The summit is expected to discuss the danger emerging economies face because of the US-led trade war. The Chinese president has already warned that such a trade war would cause everyone to lose, economists have warned that the trade war could lead to a global recession on the scale of the great depression of the 1930’s.
Putin is expected to meet privately with Ramaphosa on Thursday. The Presidency did not release any additional details about the meeting.
This is the first time in five years that Putin has been in South Africa, his last visit to our shores was for the 2013 Brics summit which took place in Durban.
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