Zimbabwe holds talks with Russia over military equipment

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in Zimbabwe this morning.

Zimbabwe's Defence Minister Sydney Sekeramayi. Picture: AFP.

HARARE - Zimbabwe has been holding talks with a Russian supplier of military equipment as Harare now turns to Moscow for desperately-needed investment.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in Zimbabwe this morning to commission a major platinum mining project near Harare.

Defence Minister Sydney Sekeramayi says Zimbabwe used to get its military equipment from Britain and her allies but because of sanctions, the minister says Zimbabwe thinks it's prudent to work with its friends.

Sekeramayi held a closed-door meeting with officials from the Russian state arms dealer Rosoboronexport on Monday.

Britain imposed a ban on the supply of military spares equipment to Harare over a decade ago because of human rights concerns.

Lavrov will today commission a billion dollar platinum mining project in Darwendale, as state media hails what it's calling a historic new chapter in relations between Harare and Moscow.