By Irvin Muyumbwa
Former Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba says Zambia’s decision to vote for a United Nations resolution against Russia’s aggression on Ukraine may have ramifications on bilateral relations with Moscow.
Millennium Radio reports that,Mr Kalaba who is opposition Democratic Party President says he does not know what Russia will decide given the robust relation with Zambia stemming back to 1964.
Mr Kalaba says what must be understood is that Zambia has bilateral relations with both Russia and Ukraine hence it would have been important for the country to read the historic perspective leading to this conflict.
He says the Zambian government should have come out categorical on the issue by taking time to study the position critically before making any decision which might have consequences.
Mr Kalaba says he remains hopeful that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Relations has put in place safety nets and safeguards so that the country protects itself from shocks that may arise as a result of strained relations with Russia.
Zambia is among 141 nations that voted for a United Nations resolution against Russia’s aggression on Ukraine and 35 states abstained while 5 were against the resolution.