Russia promises ED military, political aid

RUSSIA has pledged to provide military and technical assistance to President Emmerson Mnangagwa “to help deal with the political situation in Zimbabwe”.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

Visiting Russian Foreign minister Sergey Lavrov told journalists after meetings with Mnangagwa and his Zimbabwean counterpart, Sibusiso Moyo that his country was ready to assist.

Mnangagwa swept to power last November on the back of a military intervention that forced former President Robert Mugabe to resign, and the new Zanu PF leader is now in the process of consolidating his position.

“The message from President Putin is to say Russia is willing to support the President of Zimbabwe in his efforts to stabilise the internal political situation in the country and consolidating the society,” Lavrov said.

Moyo said Zimbabwe and Africa would decide on who to befriend without being molested.

“Africa has a right to chart its course with any member country in the international arena. The visit by minister Lavrov has escalated the level of relations between the two countries to combine both political and economic relations,” he said.

Lavrov, however, said his country, which is accused of interfering in the United States elections two years ago, would not directly interfere with Zimbabwe’s domestic affairs.

“We never meddle in the domestic affairs of any country even though we continue to hear accusations from different capitals regarding the issue.

“We do not share this philosophy [of interference] and believe this is neo-imperialistic. It is up to the people of Zimbabwe, as well as all other countries, to determine their future. We hope the people of will express their will during the elections,” the Russian envoy said, citing reports in the US media that the Americans have interfered in “dozens of countries to bring about democracy”.

Mnangagwa, after taking power, faces his most critical moment, with Mugabe now claiming he was pushed out of power unconstitutionally.

The former Zanu PF leader has reportedly promised support for a faction of Zanu PF, known as G40, now morphing into a political outfit under the banner of the National Patriotic Front.

While the US and its Western allies like Britain and Australia have indicated that they will only fully co-operate with the authorities in Harare if there are free and fair elections due in the next few months, Lavrov said his country saw no need for conditions.

“We do not understand why we should impose any conditions on anyone. We are willing to co-operate on the basis of equality. We believe that these politicised steps to impose such things as sanctions interfere with free market forces and distort them illegally,” he said.

Lavrov said Zimbabwe and Russia had signed agreements ranging from platinum exploration, agricultural as well as industrial revitalisation support, including special economic zones.

Mnangagwa’s special adviser, Christopher Mutsvangwa said Lavrov and US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson’s visit shows Africa was now an important global player.

“There are three deals signed, but there is a separate arrangement with the ministry of Defence because we have always had cordial military relations with Russia.

“We are excited when major powers visit Africa. It’s good for Africa, we have a young population and we need capital to modernise our economies. It is up to us and we are competent enough to determine who our partners should be,” Mutsvangwa said, adding Zimbabwe would not be railroaded into any agreement.

36 Comments

  1. Damn this military aid to ease the so called internal conflict. The Zim political situation does not need any guns but rather financial investment. We have no high internal threats at the moment unless ED views the people as a threat to his power. The Zanu pf mantra of viewing opposition as enemies is the reason they see military aid being needed than economic aid.

  2. “Military and political aid” is not what Zimbabwe needs now. Focus on the economy we are not at war.

    1. waal Mr Journalist only quoted millitary and political aid!!!! Special economic zones, platinum mining (already in progress), diamond venturing and industrial parks, agric partnerships-on all these his ears were deaf!!!! interesting Mr Jurno and your editor. Fair reporting to the citizens and netizens indeed.

  3. does the povo benefit from such aid? there is need to get economic aid rather than guns. does these russians think that there is an armed struggle in zimbabwe or they need people to be oppressed to the maximum by this regime

  4. Yah, surely that’s bullshit. We don’t need guns here. Alas alas, thats a sign of failure, the man cannot believe that he can convince people on his own. Maybe Munangagwa wants to install anxiety in the people, but now the people are the power. They can choose the best for themselves, he never know, maybe he is now pushing most of the fans away.

  5. Thank you vladmir putin whilst the americans are dilly dallying about sanctions you are doing something on the ground to establish your self here, on the same token we say goodbye to the useless chinese who gave us a cracked mall near nss and impregnated our sisters and welcome the russians and wait to see what there have on offer

    1. Whether you like it or not, albeit the ‘sanctions’ phobia that can be diagnosed on some of the Zimbabweans like you, America is doing more than what you think today as we speak. Research into how the American government is empowering Zimbabweans, and you will be shocked. They are doing more than what the Government is doing throughout Zimbabwe. Russia is never concerned about your welfare or the welfare of the masses. They are good at looting – diamonds, platinum, e.t.c. This is the case world-over. We have been a Russian ally for how many years? 40? 50? Yet, have you seen a Russian philanthropist on the social front in Zimbabwe? Food for thought!

    2. Whether you like it or not, albeit the ‘sanctions’ phobia that can be diagnosed on some of the Zimbabweans like you, America is doing more than what you think today as we speak. Research into how the American government is empowering Zimbabweans, and you will be shocked. They are doing more than what the Government is doing throughout Zimbabwe. Russia is never concerned about your welfare or the welfare of the masses. They are good at looting – diamonds, platinum, e.t.c. This is the case world-over. We have been a Russian ally for how many years? 40? 50? Yet, have you seen a Russian philanthropist on the social front in Zimbabwe? Food for thought!

    3. the Russians are the worst. looks like we just jumped from the frying pan into the fire. After the November 18 military coup. ED is very stupid to expect military and economic aid from Russian dictator Putin. russia has a very poor economy and high unemployment rates. the only cheap thing in Russia is illicit vodka which kills. Putin crimes are endless; from Russia invasion of part of Moldova (Transnistria)in 2003 and Ukraine-2013 and they were put under sanctions. the Russian economy is the worst in Europe and life is expectancy way below European standards. to make matters worse Putin was endorsed as president for life. Putin and Russia are the greatest threat to global peace and posperity. All the countries in the post soviet space are unstable because of russian influence.

      1. kkkk iiiiiii u r misled were r u taking yo info from?

      2. this is american propaganda and we urge you to get exorcised by renowned prophets so that you read properly about communist russia

  6. Military aid? Political aid? […what of economic aid?] Either the Government or the Russians are delusional. We do not need guns! Who need guns in this age, in an island like Zimbabwe? What for? We are not a dumping site. We need food at the table and jobs first.

  7. 1. “We never meddle in the domestic affairs of any country…” Just off the top of my head, the President of Ukraine would likely beg to differ… ditto for millions of Syrian opponents to Assad.
    2. Offers of assistance, not to strengthen our economy but to “stabilise the internal political situation in the country and consolidating the society,” will raise alarm bells for some; given the concurrence of the three top US intelligence organisations (CIA, NSA and NID) that Russia not only interfered in the 2016 elections but has similarly targeted the 2018 mid-terms elections.

    1. Apropos to the above, the Russian Foreign Minister’s comment in (2) appears to contradict his assertion in (1)!

  8. There is nothing to be grateful about. ED is showing us Zimbos that he is much worse than RGM, the man who got all the blame as a person yet we are supposed to blame ZANU PF as whole, ED included. They misled the old man and gave him wrong information yet they want us to believe it’s entirely his fault. Come elections time ED has to pack his things after a massive defeat. They should be given no room for rigging at all. His videos show as little as 75 youths supporting him (what a disgrace). As youths we no longer want generation to be deprived anymore. We want change, in fact, transformation. We want to do away with the one party state but intellectuals should be given befitting positions and roles.

  9. But we still need an efficient army ,that can with stand any threat anytime.We cant have an army with old model military hardware,we dont know when other countries can plan to attack Zimbabwe.
    Our soldiers must be properly trained and must be well equipped to punch any bully in the face.
    We need a HARD HITTING ARMY

    1. Dude Zimbabwe is not a high level security threat like DRC or Syria,, Assad and Hezbollah need guns more than we do. We have no bullies and if there are any we can handle them. And by the way no matter how many guns you have but if you are bankrupt you will lose the war. War is an expense these days e.g cost of buying armmunition, oil and so forth.

    2. this wont make sense

    3. we need money guys nt guns for now

    4. Our army is very important we need to upgrade our military hardware , the army managed to achieve what the opposition failed for many years that is to remove a dictator , Now if the opposition join hands with the same dictator we will still need the army.

  10. @tich kutaura kwausina kuswera

  11. kkkkk…countries that come with intentions of looting our minerals always come with talks like that of not wanting to intervene in our social and political issues but end up taking $15 Billion worth of resources whilst an average Zimbabwean suffers. what has China really done for us?

  12. After the November 18 military coup. ED is very stupid to expect military and economic aid from Russian dictator Putin. russia has a very poor economy and high unemployment rates. the only cheap thing in Russia is illicit vodka which kills. Putin crimes are endless; from Russia invasion of part of Moldova (Transnistria)in 2003 and Ukraine-2013 and they were put under sanctions. the Russian economy is the worst in Europe and life is expectancy way below European standards. to make matters worse Putin was endorsed as president for life. Putin and Russia are the greatest threat to global peace and posperity. All the countries in the post soviet space are unstable because of russian influence. Even the might European Union is having problems with Russia

    1. THAT’S A SIGN OF DOMINATION WITHOUT RESTRICTIONS. AND WHAT IS THE MIGHT EUROPEAN UNION?

    2. While I agree with you somewhere there,,but please get your facts before you just type. Russian economy is not as poor as you wrote. They are middle income country, emerging economy with a potential to be developed in no time if politics is well played to integrate them with EU. They have an estimated $400 billion USD in reserves and your call that poor for a population of est 165 m and GDP of more than $1trillion USD. Though corruption is rapant with putin, abrahamovic accumulating billions of net worth through shady deals and looting.

  13. we need russian intell and military in our system. will work to destroy zvipfukuto zvakauraya nyika zvakuda kuhwanda zvichinyangira.

  14. ED is panicking over politics re-entry by Bob and is thus bracing to hangon to power forever using the military its going to be a bloody election.

    As for Russia, its a pity they want to bring their conflict with America on Zim soil. Its the 3rd time this Lavrov guy has been here in less than 2 yrs yet none of the socalled MOUs have been operationalised whats the holdup?

  15. Cde Suspicious

    We don’t Russian despots in our country!

  16. Cde Suspicious

    We don’t want Russian despots in our country

  17. We only get know how shallow minded some people are once they either open their mouths or put their reasoning in writing .
    l believe it is not a crime to just shut up if you one is not so knowledgeable in a particular subject matter.

  18. we need money aids not guns guys

  19. ED panicking? my foot! sekuru vangu matope iwe ! Ngwena chaiye unomuziva here , urikureva ED akaisirwa poison akararama here , ED akamboiswa pa death row akasafa here ? Its clear you do not know ED. That party which you talk about has got no one to campaign for it , its a boat full of jail candidates. Ma files avo aripo these are the last kicks of a dying horse.

  20. mandebele Lusaba

    Comment…guns now? why? Mugabe just spent 50mn in military hadware from India less than two-years ago. all terrain, water canons u name them he buyed. let Russia be reminded that its economic assistance money in the banks and food on the thebuli not guns war ended in 1980 thanks for their help then Mugabe was removed bloodlessly recently last year yet Russia thinks we need guns now shame.

  21. 1. “We never meddle in the domestic affairs of any country…” Just off the top of my head, the President of Ukraine would likely beg to differ… ditto for millions of Syrian opponents to Assad.
    2. Offers of assistance, not to strengthen our economy but to “stabilise the internal political situation in the country and consolidating the society,” will raise alarm bells for some; given the concurrence of the three top US intelligence organisations (CIA, NSA and NID) that Russia not only interfered in the 2016 elections but has similarly targeted the 2018 mid-term elections. Plus, isn’t this comment a contradiction of his assertion of non interference in domestic affairs?

  22. ED IS SETTING ZIM ON A PATH THAT MAY MAKE ZIM UNBANKABLE IN A LONG TIME. THE CHOICE OF HIS FRIENDS IS RATHER STRANGE

  23. RUSSIA?? NORTH KOREA?? HAYI MHANI

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