Russia is exploring ways of partnering with Zambia to produce batteries for Electric Vehicles -EV.

Russian President, VLADMIR PUTIN says the Russian motor vehicle industry will look at forming joint ventures with Zambia for production of EV batteries.

Mr. PUTIN says his country and Zambia have enjoyed warm bilateral ties for a long time.

The Russian President was speaking after Zambian Foreign Affairs and International Corperation Minister STANELY KAKUBO gave remarks to the Heads of State Summit at the Russia – Africa Economic and Humanitarian Forum in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

And, Mr. KAKUBO who is representing President HAKAINDE HICHILEMA acknowledged the warm relations between Zambia and Russia which date back to the pre-independence era.

He told the meeting that Zambia remains committed to promoting peace, security and stability as a catalyst and pre-requisite for socio-economic development.

Mr. KAKUBO further noted that Zambia will continue to leverage on its established experience and President HICHILEMA has been involved in preventive diplomacy, conflict resolution, peacemaking and peace building in Africa and beyond.

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