LATEST: President Mugabe arrives in Russia

Mduduzi Mathuthu
Chronicle Editor
President Robert Mugabe has arrived at the Vnukovo International Airport in Russia to attend the 70th anniversary celebrations of Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany during World War II.

The President, travelling with Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, was received by Zimbabwe’s chargé d’affaires Andrew Mariga and Russian government officials.

President Mugabe, who is also the African Union and Sadc chairman, left Harare last night headed for the Russian capital Moscow where he will join other invited world leaders, among them Chinese President Xi Jinping, India’s Pranab Mukherje, Cuban President Raul Castro and President Jacob Zuma of South Africa.

His spokesperson Mr George Charamba said: “This is a commemoration of the 70th anniversary of victory over Nazism. It’s a world event and the President is going there representing Africa.”

Mr Charamba said President Mugabe would use the opportunity to follow up on recent trade and investment agreements with Russia.

More to follow . . .