Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (3rdL) shakes hands with Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa (C) at his Munhumutapa Offices in Harare on March 8, 2018. Lavrov is in Zimbabwe for bilateral and economic talks. / AFP / Jekesai NJIKIZANA
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Thursday his country was pursuing military cooperation with Zimbabwe and looking at opportunities in the diamond sector as well as fully implementing a $3 billion joint platinum project near Harare.Chris Mutsvangwa, Mnangagwa's special advisor, later told reporters that Zimbabwe's Ministry of Defense was in talks with Russia over the procurement of military hardware.A Russian consortium including arms conglomerate Rostec in 2014 partnered a Zimbabwean group to develop a $3 billion platinum operation near the capital but the project had stalled.
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