Putin, Mutharika talks successful: Malawi to get Russia windfall of support

President Peter Mutharika held a one-on-one meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin at the Sirius Park of Science and Art in Sochi,  Russia which has been described by State House as “successful” and beneficial to the southern African nation.

President Mutharika after holding private talks with Russian President  Putin
Mutharika shakes hands with Putin after the 30 minute meeting.

Mutharika is leading the Malawi delegation at the Russia-Africa summit with focus on investment in enegry, mining and opening up of new markets for Malawi in Russia for products such as tobacco and legumes.

Presidential spokesman Mgeme Kalilani said from Russia that Mutharika meeting with Putin lasted for about 30 minutes and discussed wide range of areas of co-operation.

He said the meeting was successful and useful as Mutharika pushed for Malawi’s benefits in trade and investment.

Mutharika expressed his appreciation to Putin for bringing together African countries and utilising the platform of the forum to further develop economic relations by creating investment opportunities for Malawi and other nations in Africa.

Putin has since called for trade with African countries to double over the next four to five years and said Moscow had written off African debts to the tune of over $20 billion.

Apart from trade and investments, Putin said Russia will provide support to Malawi and other African countries “at the state level.”

Putin has since accused former colonial powers in the West of intimidating African countries to exploit the continent’s resources.

“We see how an array of Western countries are resorting to pressure, intimidation and blackmail of sovereign African governments,” Putin told TASS news agency.

Meanwhile, President Mutharika will on Thursday  address the first Plenary Session of the Russia-Africa Summit.

President Mutharika is accompanied by Minister of Finance Joseph Mwanamvekha, Minister of Foreign affairs Francis Kasaila and Minister of Trade Salim Bagus.

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National CEO
National CEO
1 year ago

Why is the Malawi president not looking in the eyes of Putin?

Graham Zali
Graham Zali
1 year ago
Reply to  National CEO

Ukanunkha mkamwa umayang’ana kumbari

Nkainga
Nkainga
1 year ago

I think Malawi needs to help itself ,like supporting smaller businesses not discussition every time for loans or help. We need leaders who are brave enough to lift up the country. Malawi is not poor country but it’s got poor leadership.
Help smaller businesses to grow and create jobs for people not help. For example you can train young people in different fields of business and support them and money to start up business with help from goverment .i mean good capital to start serious business to create jobs needed.

Achiswe'.'
1 year ago

Who can trust Putin? His record speaks for itself. He has annexed the Crimea and attempted to take over in Ukraine. He is ex-KGB and knows all its old tricks. Dissidents are removed even when living abroad. Seeing Mutharika cosying up to Putin is disgraceful. Still, it takes one to know one; ‘birds of a feather ‘ and all that. Malawi may be desperate for investment, but please let us be very careful who we approach. .Communist China and now Putin’s Russia are not the investors Malawi needs. We must be much more selective. We have forfeited the help of… Read more »

Joloza Kapokola
Joloza Kapokola
1 year ago

Foolish!!!. Where is the windfall(Is it chiphwisi-nuclear bomb from the anus)? Rwanda is getting a nuclear plant. Are we getting wind(Yes or No-but we enjoy wind every day?) Is the wind falling in Malawi? A wind fall of opportunities without names? In short, the title would have read…”Malawi wadya galu at the Africa Russia Summit” Shupit zanu! Windfall windfall my ass!

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
1 year ago

Windfall from where? Kikikikiiiiiiii. Nayo yikulira Russia ndi ma sanctions a EU ndi US. Ndi mayoo weni weni anzanuwonso pano. Palibe titachitikepo apa apart from it just being symbolic.

R CHIMWENDO
1 year ago

30 MNTS?

Mundali
Mundali
1 year ago

Russia wants to come and be producing beer. That is why Castel is in problmes

Mundali
Mundali
1 year ago

Putin was held of KGB. May be we will get how to smartly eliminate HRDC activisits

Baba Maduapera
Baba Maduapera
1 year ago

What windfall is in this story apart from the 30 minute meeting?

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
1 year ago
Reply to  Baba Maduapera

You tell me kikikikiiiiiiii

Xxxxx
Xxxxx
1 year ago

I wonder what kind of discussions took place in about 30mins. Maybe just malonjetu

yobu 13 13
1 year ago
Reply to  Xxxxx

30 minutes is too much time for the business…

Richard Steel
Richard Steel
1 year ago
Reply to  yobu 13 13

But we should remember that Putin speaks through an interpreter … he is not fluent in English. Hence, while 30 min can be too much time, it is not as much when you involve interpreters in the discussion. Maybe it was not a discussion, but that someone was briefing the other one. kkkkkk

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