Russia and Zimbabwe will fight the sanctions of Western countries together.
Corresponding agreements were reached by representatives of the two countries at a meeting of the intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation in Harare.
“In addition to our solidarity in condemning the sanctions, we must combine our efforts to prevent damage to our economies, that was intended by the authors of these unjustified and immoral actions,” – said the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Zimbabwe Simbarashe Mumbengegwi after the meeting.
The Russian delegation was headed by Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov, who has called for the abolition of “unfair sanctions”. During his visit to Harare he met Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe. Among other things, they discussed joint investment projects.
Zimbabwe got under sanctions of Western countries in 2008, when the violations in elections were discovered, and the lands of white farmers were confiscated. The restrictions, that made a devastating impact on the economy of the African state, were lifted in 2013, but only by the EU. The United States maintains the regime of restrictive measures against Zimbabwe.
Russia came under the sanctions of Western countries, including the United States and member states of the European Union in 2014, after the annexation of Crimea to Russia, and the conflict in the east of Ukraine. In August 2014 Moscow, in retaliation, imposed food embargo.