Inter-Parliamentary Russian-Zimbabwean cooperation is gaining momentum

Zimbabwe supports the Russian Federation on security issues, Chairman of the National Assembly of the Parliament of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Honourable Jacob Mudenda has said.

This emerged during a meeting between Honourable Mudenda and the Chairman of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko.

The meeting was attended by senators Konstantin Kosachev, Grigory Karasin, Alexander Varfolomeev, Lyudmila Skakovskaya, Gennady Ordenov.

“We highly appreciate that Zimbabwe maintains a course for the development of bilateral relations and mutually beneficial cooperation with Russia,” the Chairman of the Federation Council said.

She noted that both countries confidently resist the unprecedented pressure of the “collective West” led by the United States, their undisguised attempts to dictate their will.

Valentina Matvienko stressed that the Russian senators support the attitude of their Zimbabwean colleagues to activate the entire complex of relations and strengthen the inter-parliamentary dialogue.

“We are satisfied with the level of cooperation on the parliamentary line that is gaining momentum,” the head of the upper house of the Russian parliament said. She informed that a Group on cooperation with the Senate of the Republic of Zimbabwe has been formed in the Federation Council.

“We expect that the same group will be formed in the Senate of Zimbabwe. In addition, we expect the signing of a cooperation Agreement between the Senate of Zimbabwe and the Federation Council as soon as possible,” Valentina Matvienko stressed.

Jacob Mudenda conveyed the position of the head of state that Zimbabwe supports the Russian Federation in security issues, countering the aggressive policy of NATO under the leadership of the United States. According to him, Russia defends the right principles, Zimbabwe clearly understands Russia’s goal in this conflict. He stressed that Zimbabwe’s position on the Russian-Ukrainian conflict will remain unchanged at the IPU site.

“The actions of NATO and the United States against Russia are completely contrary to international law,” Honourable Mudenda said.

Zimbabwean parliamentarians are ready to work with Russian colleagues to improve the quality of life of citizens of the two countries, he said.

The Chairman of the Federation Council and the Chairman of the National Assembly of the Parliament of Zimbabwe discussed in detail a wide range of issues of mutual interest and affecting the international and inter-parliamentary agenda.

Valentina Matvienko informed Honourable Mudenda about the situation in Ukraine. In addition, issues of interaction at international parliamentary platforms were touched upon, in particular at the events of the 145th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the second Russia-Africa summit, which is scheduled to be held in St. Petersburg in the summer of 2023.

The parties also “checked the clock” on the visits of Zimbabwean representatives to the Russian Federation for their participation in high-level events.

Particular attention is paid to the implementation of the agreements reached during the official visit of the Chairman of the Federation Council to the Republic of Zimbabwe in June 2022.

They discussed working out measures aimed at using alternative forms of mutual financial settlements, parliamentary control over the implementation of joint initiatives, including projects in the fields of subsoil use, agriculture, energy, healthcare and higher education, as well as improving the contractual and legal framework of the two countries.

The Chairman of the Federation Council assured that Russian parliamentarians are monitoring the issue of opening a monument dedicated to the Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 on the territory of the Museum of the Liberation of Africa being created in Zimbabwe.

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