Government has said it will continue to strengthen its interactions and cooperation with the Russian Federation both at bilateral and multilateral levels.

Local Government and Housing Deputy Minister Nicholas Banda said Zambia appreciates the support the Russian Federation has continued to render to the country in various sectors that include education, defense and security, culture and finance.

Mr. Banda commended the Russian Federation for contributing to Zambia’s economic capacity building through offering of training scholarships.

The Deputy Minister said this in Lusaka last night at the reception to commemorate the Victory day and Day of Russia.

And Mr. Banda said the Zambian government was looking forward to working closely with Russia Federation on matters relating to climate change.

And Russian Federation Ambassador to Zambia Konstantin Kozhanov said his country views Zambia as a good friend and a reliable partner in many aspects of political activities and diplomatic efforts.

Mr. Kozhanov said the two countries have over the years achieved a breakthrough in combined efforts to cope with another menacing global threat of illicit drug abuse.

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