Russia-Zimbabwe relations continue to grow

By Memory Chamisa

ZIMBABWE has reiterated its support for Russia during trying times, with bilateral relations between the two countries set to grow.

The media has been identified as key in intensifying the coordination of such efforts.

This came out when Russian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, His Excellency Nikolai Krasilnikov paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa at her Munhumutapa Offices in Harare this Thursday.

A number of issues were discussed, with Russia expressing gratitude to Zimbabwe for standing with the country during trying times, while also reaffirming its commitment to working with the Second Republic in all spheres of the economy.

“I came here today to meet the Minister and we deliberated on a number of issues including mass media. Zimbabwe has managed to work on a number of reforms in the media sector and we are willing to learn from them and also do that as we continue to strengthen the bilateral relations that exist between us since the days of the liberation struggle,” said the Ambassador.

Minister Mutsvangwa reiterated Zimbabwe’s unwavering support to Russia, adding that the memoranda of understanding signed by the two countries will be fulfilled.

“Russia has been an ally of Zimbabwe since the liberation struggle. In response to the COVID -19 pandemic, Sputnik was availed to us and they continue to support us despite them going through the turmoil they are in and we also deliberated on the mass media exchange programmes, how it is imperative for us to exchange on media content,” said Senator Mutsvangwa.

“We want our journalists to be able to go to Russia and see how the media there operates and we also have Russian journalists coming in to see how Zimbabwe operates.”

Despite the demands of a Special Military Operation in Ukraine, Russia continues to stand in solidarity with Zimbabwe in calling for the removal of illegal sanctions imposed by the West.