July 29, 2018 / 8:00 AM / a year ago

South Africa's Ramaphosa says agreed with Putin to discuss nuclear in future

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa at the BRICS summit in Johannesburg, South Africa July 26, 2018. Sputnik/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday that a private meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin this week ended with an agreement that the two countries’ governments would discuss a nuclear power deal in future.

Ramaphosa told Putin that South Africa could not proceed with a nuclear expansion for now because the economy was not performing optimally.

“We are not able to proceed with a nuclear build programme. President Putin was quite relaxed about this, he said you deal with your issues and when the situation changes we can keep talking about this. And that’s where we left it,” Ramaphosa told a news conference at the end of the BRICS summit.

Reporting by James Macharia; Writing by Alexander Winning; Editing by Alison Williams

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