Russia and Zimbabwe convinced unity will be key in busting sanctions

By Owen Mandovha

Russia says Zimbabwe will prevail over the unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States and its Western Allies.

This was said by the Head of the visiting Russian Delegation Ms Valentina Matyivenko in an exclusive interview with ZBC News after paying a courtesy call on President Emmerson Mnangagwa at State House in Harare this Thursday.

Mrs Matyivenko was accompanied to State House by Senate President Mabel Chinomona, who invited her to the country to explore how their two respective assemblies can create working relationships.

The delegation went on to witness the signing of a memorandum of agreement in the field of Science, Scientific and Technical and Innovation on the sidelines of the ongoing Fourth Session of the Zimbabwe – Russia Intergovernmental Commission in Harare.

Zimbabwe’s Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development Professor Amon Murwira and her Russian counterpart Natalia Bochanova put pen to paper, setting a new path of collaboration in the field of science and innovation.

In an exclusive interview with ZBC News later in the day, Ms Matyivenko highlighted that Zimbabwe can defeat the yoke of unilateral sanctions imposed by its erstwhile enemies, noting the need for the two countries to work together.

“It is possible to resist such actions. Their real support in the world is not at all as great as the West would like to have. For example, the states, where up to 70 percent of the world’s population lives, have not joined the sanctions against our country. So, the West is not the whole world,” she said.

“I remember that in July 2008 Russia and China blocked sanctions against Zimbabwe at the UN. In turn, we are grateful to your country, which, during the discussion at the UN of Russia’s special operation in Ukraine, did not support the anti-Russian resolutions and opposed Russia’s expulsion from the UN Human Rights Council. I know that your President condemns the sanctions pressure on Russia, and he reaffirmed this during our today’s meeting.

“The West recognises the right to sovereignty only for itself. The West does not like when the states that pursue an independent foreign policy enhance and strengthen respectful and mutually beneficial cooperation. The success of countering these illegal sanctions largely depends on us, on our unity. This is the answer to your question – the countries of good will need to interact more actively. Don’t be afraid of it,” she added.

Mrs Matyivenko noted that the West only recognises the right to sovereignty for its own selfish interests and does not like it when other states pursue their own independent foreign policy, hence the targeting of Zimbabwe by these heinous sanctions.

The visit by the Russian Federation delegation to Zimbabwe is another testimony of the European giant’s steadfastness to ensure Zimbabwe achieves its economic and political aspirations despite the York of illegal sanctions.