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Zim, Russia commit to deepen ties

Story by Oleen Ndori, Foreign Desk Editor

ZIMBABWE and Russia have reaffirmed continued engagements between the two countries for mutual economic development.

The recently held St Petersburg International Economic Forum allowed Presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa and Vladimir Putin to discuss cooperation between the two countries.

The Russian Embassy celebrated its national day in Harare this Friday, with its top envoy His Excellency Nikolai Krasilnikov saying the two countries should continue supporting each other on various international fora.

“Moscow and Harare attach great importance to coordinating efforts in the international arena. Both our capitals are committed to compliance with international law, to the formation of a polycentric world with the key role of the UN, and to rejection of the neo-colonial practices of blackmail, sanctions and a rules-based order. We are grateful to Zimbabwean friends for the effective partnership in the UN and in the group of friends in defence of the UN Charter.

“Russia looks forward to meeting Zimbabwe in the UN Security Council in 2027-28. At the same time, Moscow and Harare understand that the coordination of efforts in the international arena must be supported with the production of tangible results of the bilateral cooperation,” he said.

He added that under the chairmanship of Russia, BRICS will push for the inclusion of new members to ensure inclusive economic growth.

“President Putin announced a new strategy for ensuring security in the continent of Eurasia with a view of presenting it for a broader international discussion. The purpose is to accelerate shaping a just, multipolar world order based on the principles of sovereign equality of states, non-interference in their internal affairs, territorial integrity and the right of nations for self-determination as well as for the protection of national identity and traditional values.

“Under the Russian chairmanship this year, we will facilitate a smooth inclusion of new members in the BRICS working bodies. And we will be glad to see more countries interested in joining them. Of course, that is one of the issues highlighted during President Mnangagwa’s visit to Russia.”

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Ambassador Frederick Shava said Zimbabwe recognises Russia as a reliable ally.

“As we celebrate this important day, we recognise the strong and reliable partnership between the Russian Federation and the progressive world. Together, we share a commitment to upholding the purposes and principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations. We have formed a formidable coalition in defence of the Charter, countering attacks that seek to undermine the foundation of our global architecture.

“Zimbabwe, like Russia, has suffered under imposed illegal sanctions. Given our shared experience, we stand firmly in support of our dear friends. We condemn such actions that serve the selfish interests of a few, at the expense of many. We believe that through continuous dialogue and engagement with all nations, we can achieve a world of peace and reduced poverty and conflict,” he said.

Harare and Moscow share deep ties with engagements in education, mining, space technology and health.

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