MOSCOW, May 11 — President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe met Russian President Vladimir Putin here Sunday and appealed for financial support to revive the country’s sanctions-ravaged economy.

Speaking at the meeting at the Kremlin, President Mugabe, accompanied by Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi and other senior government officials, said Russia’s support was critical to enable
Zimbabwe to survive western imposed sanctions.

“We need your support; we have had it already at the United Nations Security Council,” said President Mugabe.

Russia, alongside China, has blocked attempts by Britain and the United States to slap Harare
with United Nations sanctions in their bid to effect regime change in Zimbabwe.

Russia was last year slapped with US and the European Union sanctions as the western countries sought to end Moscow’s involvement in the Ukrainian conflict.

President Mugabe said Russia and Zimbabwe must stick together and fight the common burden of illegal sanctions imposed on both countries by the West.

“They have imposed sanctions on you; we also had British imperialism and we wanted to get our land from the British and when we succeeded in doing so; they — that is the British plus Europe plus America — imposed sanctions on us as well,” he said.

President Mugabe on Saturday joined the Russian leader and other world leaders in celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of Russia’s victory over Nazi Germany in the Second World War in 1945.