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Zuma and Putin outline launch of nuclear programme

Russia is seen as the front-runner to win the right to build South African nuclear power plants.

South African President Jacob Zuma is greeted by Russian President Vladimir Putin as he arrives at the venue for the Brics VII Summit. Picture: Dirco.

JOHANNESBURG - Russia's presidential spokesperson has confirmed President Jacob Zuma and Vladimir Putin have outlined their launch of a nuclear power development programme in South Africa as a priority.

Dmitry Peskov says naturally Russia has a high potential for cooperation.

Russia is seen as the front-runner to win the right to build South African nuclear power plants that may be worth as much as $100 billion.

But with a six-month deadline to award contracts, who's going to pay for the country's biggest project yet remains a mystery.

Leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa are meeting this week for their annual summit in the Russian city of Ufa.

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