Russia says it respects Zimbabwe’s sovereignty and will support the country on the diplomatic and political fronts.
The visiting Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Mikhail Bogdanov assured Zimbabwe of the same support that it got from Russia in 2008 when the east European nation used its veto powers to block the imposition of sanctions on Zimbabwe.
He noted that since political and diplomatic ties are strong focus should now be on enhancing economic cooperation.
“We have very strong support for Zimbabwe and we respect its sovereignty. That is why we continue to pledge to support it on the international front. We are here to exchange views on the developments in the geo-political landscape and we assure you that you have our support,” he said.
Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi said Zimbabwe appreciates the unconditional support it is getting from Russia and promised that the country is open to investment from Russian companies.
He said, “We do appreciate that you have supported us through thick and thin, but we are saying there is need to enhance our cooperation and ensure that we cooperate on the economic front.
“Relations have been very good even before independence and as such we are saying they can be further strengthened through economic ties.”
The relationship between Russia and Zimbabwe is strong as evidenced by the east European’s support for Zimbabwe internationally, especially when the country was under siege by Western nations which wanted to move a motion at the United Nations that Zimbabwe was a threat to world peace.