On June 12 Russia celebrates the National Day, which marks the anniversary of adopting the Declaration of State Sovereignty of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR) in 1990. The biggest Republic of the USSR followed other Soviet Republics in declaring sovereignty and stating that its laws superseded the Soviet ones.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says, “For us, Russia, the Homeland, is much more than the place where we were born and live. In our hearts, we feel an indissoluble bond to our history, spiritual values and moral principles. And this invisible but durable thread binds all generations together”.
Russians take pride in the unconquered courageous generations, preserve the memory of those who defeated Nazism, advocate establishment of an equal and indivisible security system critically needed for the entire international community.
In December 2021 Russia proposed signing a treaty on security guarantees and urged the West to hold an honest dialogue in search for meaningful and compromising solutions, taking into account each other’s interests. Alas, NATO countries did not want to heed Russia.
Another punitive operation in Donbass, an invasion of our historic lands, including Crimea, was in the making. Kiev regime declared that it could attain nuclear weapons. The NATO bloc launched an active military build-up on the territories adjacent to Russia. Thus, an absolutely unacceptable threat was being created right on our borders. There was every indication that a clash with Ukrainian neo-Nazis backed by the United States and their minions was unavoidable.
President Putin says, “We saw the military infrastructure being built up, hundreds of foreign advisors starting work, and regular supplies of cutting-edge weaponry being delivered from NATO countries. The threat grew every day.
Russia launched a pre-emptive strike at the aggression. It was a forced, timely and the only correct decision. A decision by a sovereign, strong and independent country. We will never give up our love for our Motherland, our faith and traditional values, our ancestors’ customs and respect for all peoples and cultures”.
It is quite natural that on the basis of the shared ideals and driven by the common aspirations Russia and Zimbabwe continue to develop cooperation in various spheres.
On June 1-3 there was the official visit to the Republic of Zimbabwe by the Chairperson of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Hon. Valentina Matvienko. She paid a courtesy call on H.E. the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Cde. Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, made a charity donation to Angel of Hope Foundation and had a meeting with H.E. the First Lady of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Dr. Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa. Hon. Valentina Matvienko has also held interparliamentarian discussions with the President of the Senate of the Republic of Zimbabwe Hon.Mabel Chinomona and with the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Parliament of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Hon. Advocate Jacob Francis Mudenda.
Just on the eve of the official visit by Hon. Valentina Matvienko there was the Forth Session of the Russia-Zimbabwe Intergovernmental Commission on Economic, Trade, Scientific and Technical cooperation held in Harare on May 30 – June 1.