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The president of Zimbabwe asked “his brother” Putin for help

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Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has complained to Russian President Vladimir Putin that the US is building military bases in neighboring Zambia. In his opinion, this threatens the security and integrity of his country. Mnangagwa asked the Russian dictator for military support so that he could defend Zimbabwe from its Western-backed neighbor.

Emmerson Mnangagwa visited St. Petersburg, where the International Economic Forum, ignored by the West, is taking place. He began his conversation with Putin by calling him his dear brother, and then quickly moved on to criticize the foreign policy pursued by his northern neighbor.

Vladimir Putin and Emmerson Mnangagwa at the International Economic Forum in St. PetersburgPAP/EPA/ANTON VAGANOV/POOL

– The West has just started to consolidate its power in Zambia. You know, there was a time when Zambia and Zimbabwe were one, it was called Northern and Southern Rhodesia. It was one thing, but now we are separated. The Americans are consolidating their power in this country, both in terms of security and financial support for Zambia, to ensure that we feel alone, said 81-year-old Mnangagwa Vladimir Putin during a conversation, short fragments of which appeared on the Internet.

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Mnangagwa's announcement came just eight days after he visited Zambia in Livingstone to attend the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Chiefs' Summit, where he was warmly received by Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema.

“I am shocked by this recklessness”

– There is something terribly wrong with our ability to govern. This presentation of the new SADC chairman against a member state in front of a foreign head of state is extremely unfortunate. I will stop here and say that I am extremely shocked by this recklessness, said Walter Mzembi, former foreign minister of Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe currently holds the SADC Presidency. He is also the co-founder of this organization, which was established in Lusaka, Zambia in April 1980. Zambia and Zimbabwe have enjoyed very good relations since their liberation from British colonial rule in 1964 and 1980, respectively. Zambia has contributed significantly to its neighbor's liberation struggle.

Main photo source: PAP/EPA/ANTON VAGANOV/POOL



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