He said one of the agreements would allow South Africa to use Russia's state-of-the-art technology to build its own atomic energy industry and well as solar panel factories. South Africa already has one nuclear power plant.
Zuma and Putin were leaving the joint news conference when they were asked whether they would consider using their influence to persuade Syria's President Bashar Assad to allow unimpeded U.N. humanitarian access across all Syria's borders. Leading activists from all the BRICS countries have sent a joint appeal on the subject to the leaders.
Zuma ignored the question.
Putin, in a throwaway line, said "We will think about it." Earlier, he said the leaders will "coordinate our actions to work for a peaceful resolution to the Syrian crisis.
BRICS countries oppose foreign intervention in Syria and accuse the West of trying to force regime change.
Russia, China and South Africa have voted against U.N. Security Council resolutions on Syria, where the U.N. estimates 70,000 people have been killed since the civil war began two years ago.
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