IBBA proposes to a Russian factory to give a Russian diamond to Cuba

MONTEVIDEO (Sputnik), November 2, 2017 – The Bering-Bellingshausen Institute for the Americas (“IBBA”), based in the Uruguayan capital, proposed to the Russian diamond factory in Smolensk to hand over a precious stone to Cuba to install it in the Capitol of Havana and thus commemorate the shared history between Russia and the island.

“To commemorate the joint history between Russia and Cuba we have suggested to the Smolensk factory to give Havana a diamond to be placed in the Capitol, it will be called “The Loyal” to underline the fact that we are loyal to the joint history of sacrifices, challenges, successes, and sometimes of failures and tragedies, of everything that has happened in the Russian-Cuban relationship,” IBBA president Sergey Brilev told Sputnik.

Perhaps the “First Dawn” of relations between Russia and the Caribbean subregion, Brilev continued, was the period of “that Cuban Russian friendship in the 60s and 70s.”

That relationship between both nations, he added, “was quite tumultuous but also legendary and that is why we want to commemorate with the diamond “The Loyal” that the Smolensk factory will carry out under the auspices of the IBBA in Havana.”

“The Loyal” Diamond

Brilev explained that in the capitol of Havana there was a large diamond that belonged to the last Russian Tsar, Nicholas II, and that this diamond has “a very special history because it appeared and disappeared” and that symbolically marks the zero kilometer of the construction of the construction of the road network of Cuba.

For that reason, he added, “to commemorate that history between both nations we have suggested the delivery of this diamond.”

The diamond factory is one of the companies that participates in the economic forum Russia/Eurasia-Caribbean, “A New Dawn”, organized by the IBBA, which started on the Caribbean island of Grenada and will be held until this Friday November 3, 2017.

First ‘Russia/Eurasia – Caribbean: A New Dawn’ Forum in 2017

‘A New Dawn 2017’ is the first ever discussion platform devoted to open dialogue between representatives from Russia/Eurasia and the countries of the Caribbean Basin. The Forum will take place from November 1 to 3, 2017 in Grenada on the sidelines of the country’s chairmanship of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and to mark the fact that, in 2017, Grenada became the first nation in the region to open an embassy in Moscow.
Confirmed participants in the event include delegates from Russia, Antigua and Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, Guyana, Grenada, Cuba, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, and Jamaica.

The Forum venue will be a meeting place for representatives from organizations and institutions actively engaged in developing partnerships and cooperation between Russia/Eurasia and Caribbean countries, including: the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, the Institute of Latin American Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg State University, Kazan Federal University, the Skolkovo Foundation, Smolensk Kristall Diamonds, Sandals Beaches Resort, Century 21 Grenada, Bunker Capital, Koblev and Partners Law Firm, Grenada Postal Corporation, and Influence Group. Countries will also be represented by leading media organizations, in particular, from Russia – Russia 24, Izvestia, and Kommersant; and from the Caribbean – THG Network International, The Voice St. Lucia, Antigua Chronicle, BVI News, and News Room Georgetown.

The concept for the Forum was developed by the Government of Grenada, the Bering-Bellingshausen Institute for the Americas (IBBA, Montevideo, Uruguay), and the Roscongress Foundation.

IBBA and the Roscongress Foundation have previously organized joint events: between 2015 and 2017, three Latin American sessions were held at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, and in 2016 the first SPIEF regional session in the south of the New World was held in Montevideo.

As co-organizer of the Forum, the Roscongress Foundation will provide comprehensive assistance in organizing events and help to strengthen international cooperation in academia, business, and the media.

The ‘Russia/Eurasia–Caribbean: A New Dawn 2017’ Forum will offer an outstanding platform for efforts aimed at expanding and improving business interactions and developing business relationships.

You can find more detailed information about ‘A New Dawn 2017’ on our website: www.dawn.gd.

Source: SPIEF ’18

A Message from The Prime Minister of Grenada

I salute the nation on this Thanksgiving Day.

For yet another year, our nation has a lot to the thankful for. We have been spared the natural disasters that rocked most of the region, and the last year has been once again marked by not just economic stability, but genuine growth.

We continue to labour in the vineyard in our fight to lift more people out of poverty and to deepen our policies that are bent on the empowerment of all.

Of course, the genesis of this Thanksgiving Day was borne out of the political upheavals of 34 years ago this week — the tragic death of a Grenadian Prime Minister and many of his supporters; a week of political fear and uncertainty and the consequent assistance by the US and Caribbean forces to quell the crisis.

We remember those times and vow to learn never to be consumed by political extremism or depart to a politics that will radically put neighbor against neighbor.

Today we once again pay tribute to all the fallen; and say thanks to our neighbors that came to us in a time of need, and we rededicate ourselves to this Grenadian nation.

To God be the glory; great things He has done!

Dr. The Right Hon. Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada

Grenada awaiting result on natural gas discovery

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) — The Grenada government has confirmed the discovery of natural gas within the island’s territorial waters, but said it is still awaiting the results of tests to determine whether the gas is of a quality the island could benefit from financially.

“The findings are being tested for quality,” Prime Minister, Dr Keith Mitchell said, adding that not all-natural gas found is of the quality required for refining.

“The finding is one thing but the quality is what will make a difference, I cannot and will not count my chickens before the eggs are hatched,” he said.

Earlier in the year, the government disclosed that it had issued a license to the Russian based Global Petroleum Group to conduct the necessary exploration activities to locate oil and natural gas within the island’s territorial waters.

In May, a notice was placed in local newspapers that dredging was being done in water south of Grenada. The marine department of the Grenada Ports Authority has confirmed that the dredging has since been completed and the ridge has departed from Grenada’s marine space.

In June, Parliament approved the Hydro Carbon Exploration Incentive Bill 2017 outlining a package of incentives for oil and gas exploration to any company.

A Trinidad and Tobago based newspaper had recently reported that oil and gas had been found by GPG close to the border with Venezuela.

Grenada Delegation at the 19th World Festival for Youth and Students

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – October 16, 2017 – Grenadian delegation led by the Embassy of Grenada to the Russian Federation is participating in the 19th World Festival for Youth and Students in Sochi, Russia from October 14 – 22, 2017 under the motto “For Peace, Solidarity and Social Justice, we struggle against imperialism. Honouring our past, we build the future!”

Grenadian delegation is joined by over 90 delegates from the Caribbean region, namely Belize, Barbados, Dominica, St. Vincent, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and Jamaica.

The festival attracts over 20 thousand young Ambassadors from around the world, where they have an opportunity for global dialogue through discussions which help create a crucial space for young people to come together to exchange ideas and also a platform for collaborative change making.

About​ ​The​ ​2017​ ​World​ ​Festival​ ​Of​ ​Youth​ ​And​ ​Students

The World Festival of Youth and Students (WFYS) aims to consolidate international youth community, strengthen international ties, as well as promote international and intercultural cooperation. One of the main goals of the upcoming Festival is shaping a common vision of the future by the young leaders from different countries, trying to articulate responses to the most pressing challenges of the generation. The main agenda of the discussion program is to encompass the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by the United Nations. The program of the WFYS 2017 involves various platforms, including panel discussions and open lectures on topical issues of youth policy and international relations, sports competitions, as well as a number of cultural and creative events. Tentatively, key issues of the event will be: Culture and globalization, Global economy, Knowledge economy, Public Institutions, Development Politics and International Security.

More information about 2017 World Festival of Youth and Students is available at http://www.russia2017.com/en.

Kemal Nicholson
Embassy of Grenada to
the Russian Federation

Grenada Ambassador to Russia Presents Credentials to President Putin

MOSCOW / KREMLIN – October 3, 2017, President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin received credentials from Ambassador of Grenada to the Russian Federation H.E. Oleg Firer and other foreign ambassadors. The ceremony took place in the Alexander Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace.

The President believes that the opening of the Embassy of Grenada in Moscow, as well as the recent signing of the agreement on visa-free entry for citizens of both countries, will promote cooperation with Grenada. In the current half-year, Grenada chairs the Caribbean Community. Russia attaches great importance to maintaining ties with this and other integration associations of the Caribbean region.

Grenada is featured in a Special Voyage Section of Rossiya magazine

Rossiya – Special Flight Detachment Magazine

This magazine is uniquely produced for ‘Special Flight Detachment Rossiya’, the official air carrier of The President of the Russian Federation and the official airline for Russian Government Delegations. Readers are senior state officials of the Russian Federation and include The President, the Prime Minister, leaders of the State Duma, the Federation Council and high-ranking officials who travel as part of official government delegations.

Rossiya — Special Flight Detachment magazine — Is an ideal communications channel not only to form public opinion, but also to promote products and services in the Russian market.

Information, features and content of the magazine reach the key target audience. According to research in-flight publications are more effective than other printed media.

The magazine covers both Russian and International markets.

Rossiya — Special Flight Detachment magazine Is published under the auspices of the Special Flight Detachment Rossiya, which provides air fleet service for The President of the Russian Federation, The Prime minister of the Russian Federation, The Chairman of the Federation Council,

The Chairman of the State Duma, The Chairman of the Constitutional Court, The Chairman of The Supreme Court, The General Prosecutor, The Chairman of the State Investigative Committee, Head of the Presidential Administration, The Minister of Foreign Affairs, The Head of the FSB.

Russia and Grenada are one step closer

15:47 09/21/2017 Yuri Nemtsev, columnist for the journal “International Affairs”

The Embassy of Grenada only recently opened in Russia, the first ambassador of this Caribbean state was appointed in April 2017. During this short period, Grenada indicated its active position in the development of relations with the Russian Federation on a broad agenda. A special place in this list is occupied by the cultural ties of our countries. As previously noted in the interview to the magazine “International Life” Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Grenada in Russia, Oleg Firer, the Caribbean culture is practically not represented to date in our country. He also said that he would like Grenada to become a sort of “cultural gateway” of the Caribbean countries in Russia (the full text of the interview with the ambassador can be found at the link: https://interaffairs.ru/news/show/17877).

The first steps in this direction have already been taken by our countries. In July, hearings took place in the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation, during which both sides expressed interest in developing further cooperation on a wide range. In particular, responding to a proposal from the Russian side, the Ambassador of Grenada expressed his readiness to conduct cross cultural days in 2018.

Kemal Nicholson, Assistant to the Ambassador of Grenada in Russia, shared his plans for the further development of the Russian-Grenada dialogue in the cultural sphere.

“International life”: What steps are being taken in this direction by your country’s leadership and the Embassy of Grenada in Russia?

K. Nicholson: From November 1-3, it is planned to hold an economic, media and academic forum in Grenada called “New Dawn 2017”. This is a key event, co-organized by the Government of Grenada, the Embassy of Grenada to the Russian Federation and the Bering-Bellingshausen Institute. As the host, Grenada invited a well-known Russian journalist and public figure Sergey Brilev to the forum. The forum is expected to involve a large number of guests from both Grenada and Russia. The main goal of the forum is to initiate a dialogue and identify the most promising areas of potential cooperation. The basis for the event was Grenada’s decision to open its embassy in the Russian Federation in April 2017, to strengthen and develop diplomatic relations between the two countries.

In addition, in our immediate plans, the creation of a trade house “My Caribbean”, which will both promote products and goods from the Caribbean countries, and develop bilateral trade between the Caribbean region and the Russian Federation. The trade house will be responsible for marketing a wide range of Caribbean products, culture and promotion of our countries to the Russian market.

“International life”: At a meeting with representatives of the Civic Chamber of Russia in July of this year, it was a question of organizing cross cultural days in 2018. Did you manage to advance in this matter? What activities are expected?

K. Nicholson: Yes, we intend to hold a day of Caribbean culture in Russia in the coming year. This event is planned to be held with the participation of all interested partners in this field on both sides.

“International life”: Traditionally, the younger people are the more open layer of the population for everything new. Are there any plans to organize student, youth, school festivals? Will your country be represented at the Festival of Youth, which will be held in October this year in Russia?

K. Nicholson: We believe that young people are indeed very important, especially in the formation of cross-cultural understanding, and intercultural exchanges among young people are an effective tool to promote this understanding in some way. As for our participation, a delegation of students from Grenada will come to the Festival of Youth, which will be held in Sochi in October.

“International life”: A special place in the development of cultural relations is the study of Russian by representatives of both Grenada and other Caribbean states. The issue of studying the Russian language on the basis of Caribbean universities was preliminary studied. Did you achieve any results in this area?

K. Nicholson: In recent years, many Russian students from Grenada have studied at Russian universities, who have studied Russian and succeeded in this. Speaking about the future, our countries must continue to create opportunities for promoting languages, in particular the Russian language, as a building block for intercultural ties. In July this year, we began working with the “Russian Worldwide” project to study Russian on the basis of Grenada University. Positively adjusted in this respect.

“International life”: What would you like to add to our readers?

K. Nicholson: At present, relations between Grenada and the Russian Federation continue to develop. On September 20 during the UN General Assembly Sergey Lavrov, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and Elvin Nimrod, the Foreign Minister of Grenada, signed an agreement on a bilateral visa-free regime between the countries. We look forward to the continuation of this kind of positive initiatives with our Russian partners.

“International life”: Thank you, Mr. Nicholson, for an interesting interview.

Source: https://interaffairs.ru/news/show/18368

Russia and Grenada sign an agreement on visa-free travel

New York, September 20, 2017 – Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov and Foreign Minister of Grenada Alvin Nimrod held talks on the sidelines of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly. The sides signed an agreement on the waiver of visa requirements for mutual visits of the nationals of the Russian Federation and the nationals of Grenada.

“It is very good that on the UN platform we have the opportunity to complete bilateral and international agenda,” the Russian minister said.

He also thanked his colleague from Grenada for the resumption of the work of the country’s embassy in Russia.

“We know that you do not have a lot of embassies abroad and appreciate this decision,” Lavrov said.

Nimrod, in turn, thanked Lavrov for the opportunity to discuss the relations between the two countries.

15 Years of Diplomatic Relations Between Grenada and Russia

Congratulatory messages to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Grenada and the Russian Federation

Grenada and the Russian Federation established diplomatic relationships on September 17, 2002. To commemorate the 15th anniversary of occasion, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Grenada, Honourable Elvin Nimrod exchanged congratulatory messages with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, His Excellency Sergey V. Lavrov.

Letter from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Grenada, Honourable Elvin Nimrod to Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, His Excellency Sergey V. Lavrov

September 15, 2017


As our countries celebrate 15 years of diplomatic relations, it gives me great pleasure, on behalf of the Government and People of Grenada and on my own personal behalf, to extend congratulations to you and to the Government and People of the Russian Federation on this momentous occasion.

Throughout those years, our countries have enjoyed warm and cordial relations, and I am confident that this relationship will continue to strengthen, not only on the basis of the cooperation that exists between our two countries, but through the mutual respect and understanding that we currently share.

The reopening of the Grenada Embassy in Moscow and the soon to be signed visa waiver agreement are testament to the deepening of the Grenada-Russia relations.

Grenada looks forward to the further strengthening of ties between our two countries and simultaneously the enhancement of cooperation to our mutual benefit.


Letter from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, His Excellency Sergey V. Lavrov to Minister of Foreign Affairs of Grenada, Honourable Elvin Nimrod

September 17, 2017

Your Excellency,

Please accept my congratulations on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Russian Federation and Grenada.

I am confident that the friendly Russian-Grenadian relations will continue to develop for the benefit of our peoples. We appreciate the decision of the Grenadian leadership to reopen the Embassy of Grenada in Moscow. From our part, we are willing to enhance constructive dialogue and mutually beneficial cooperation with your country on the bilateral and multilateral bases in different areas.

Excellency, I avail myself of this opportunity to express my wishes of peace, wealth and prosperity to you and the people of Grenada.


S. Lavrov