Russian Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Alexander Kozlov has disclosed that Moscow is considering – as a pilot project – the creation of a medical aid service in South Africa, equipped with Russian Mi-8/Mi-17 helicopters.
The Minister was speaking at a meeting of the Russian-South African intergovernmental commission on Thursday, in the capital Pretoria.
“Russian Helicopters is interested in promoting its helicopters and their after-sales service. We are ready to propose as a pilot project to consider the creation of an ambulance service equipped with Mi-8/Mi-17 helicopters in South Africa,” he said.
The event brought together representatives of state authorities, public organizations, educational and scientific institutions, mass media and business community.
The plenary session was co-chaired by Kozlov and South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Dr. Naledi Pandor.
A wide range of other bilateral cooperation matter were discussed, with a focus on trade and economy, as well as humanitarian aid. Participants from both sides reaffirmed their mutual commitment to strengthening interaction in various fields.
The parties welcomed the forthcoming Russia–Africa Summit, which will be held on 26-29 July 2023 in St. Petersburg and expressed hope that it will give a new impetus to bilateral cooperation between Russia and South Africa.