Power and Politics

Russia says no intention to negatively stoke relations between Zambia, Zimbabwe


The Russian Ambassador to Zambia, Azim Yarakhmedov, says the Russian Federation has no intentions to harm Zambia’s relations with her neighbour, Zimbabwe.

Yarakhmedov claimed that the publication of the distorted facts of the video in which President Emmerson Mnangagwa and President Vladimir Putin held bilateral talks on a range of issues of common interest was not meant to worsen the relations between the two neighbouring countries.

Responding to the video which had gone viral, Yarakhmedov said the “attackers” of the two countries’ diplomatic relationships were trying to assign Russia the role of a country that was interested in aggravating the relations between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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He claimed that the purpose of the material was to harm the Zambia-Zimbabwe relations, which many local experts had characterised as difficult.

“It seems to us that the purpose of this material is to harm Zambian-Zimbabwean relations, which many local experts characterise as difficult.

“At the same time, ‘the attackers’, let us call them that, are trying to assign Russia the role of a country that is interested in aggravating relations between fraternal countries,” Yarakhmedov said.

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