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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:

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.


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

Delegation of Grenada Took Part in the International Cultural Forum in Ulyanovsk Region

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – September 15, 2017 – Delegation of Grenada, comprising of representatives of the Embassy of Grenada to the Russian Federation participated in the VII International Cultural Forum “Culture and Business: The Creative Capital of a Modern City”, which was held from September 14 to 15, 2017 in Ulyanovsk, Russia. The visit of the representatives of Grenada within the framework of the forum was he first for Ulyanovsk region and will serve as the beginning for the development of further bilateral cooperation.

Representatives from creative cities of UNESCO and cultural capitals of Europe took part in the business program of the VII International Cultural Forum, delegations from Germany, Great Britain, Spain, Denmark, Greece, Grenada, Estonia and Ireland, realized the task of recognizing the region outside its borders through partnership in projects humanitarian cooperation. The participants of the plenary meeting of the IFF2017 were Deputy Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Alexander Zhuravsky, heads of the Presidential Center B.N. Yeltsin in Yekaterinburg, as well as representatives of Moscow and St. Petersburg cultural institutions.

The International Cultural Forum in Ulyanovsk is a place where the best practices in cultural activities and management of cultural processes are exchanged, the identification of new developments in cultural policy, and discussions that change attitudes towards contemporary cultural phenomena. Since 2013, the International Cultural Forum is held under the auspices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

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Hurricane Irma Disaster Fund

The Government of Grenada has announced that it will give an initial One Million dollars to Islands ravaged by Irma.

Meanwhile, the National Disaster Management Agency, through its Disaster Fund at the Grenada Cooperative a Bank, has so far collected over $50,000 in the three or so business days that the account has been activated.

The Adventist Church association of Grenada has contributed $10,000 USD.

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Grenada PM leads CARICOM delegation on visit to several Hurricane Irma-stricken Islands

September 12, 2017 – (PRESS RELEASE, OPM-Grenada) – Prime Minister Dr. the Right Honourable Keith Mitchell leads a CARICOM delegation on a visit to several Hurricane Irma-stricken Islands tomorrow and Wednesday (September 12th and 13th).

The team, which includes the Secretary General of CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, and the Executive of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Ronald Jackson, will leave via the RSS plane from Grenada on Tuesday morning.

Their first stop is the British Virgin Islands, followed by Anguilla in the afternoon. They will spend the night in Antigua, and visit Barbuda early Wednesday, before returning Prime Minister to Grenada.

This is the first of several visits in an expression of solidarity and support to all our regional brothers and sisters affected by Irma.

Details will follow soon.

Grenada is interested in cooperation with Tatarstan

The Deputy Plenipotentiary Representative of the Republic of Tatarstan in the Russian Federation for International and Economic Affairs Bulat Minnullin met with the First Secretary of the Embassy of Grenada, Kemal Nicholson.

August 23, 2017 – Moscow, Russia – The meeting was held at the Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Tatarstan in the Russian Federation.

It was also attended by the head of the sector of the Plenipotentiary for the provision of programs in the field of economics, innovation and investment activities Fannur Garifullin, leading specialist expert Murad Aslanov and assistant to the First Secretary of the Embassy of Grenada Sofia Guseva.

During the meeting the guests gave a presentation of the economic and investment potential of the Republic of Tatarstan, the sides discussed prospects for the development of bilateral cooperation.

Kemal Nicholson expressed interest in establishing student exchange channels between Tatarstan and Grenada and strengthening tourist contacts, stressing that Grenada is the only member state of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) with an embassy in the Russian Federation.

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Foreigners working for EXPO, what surprised them in Kazakhstan

“Take this hot sauce, it’s good for beshbarmak,” says a representative of the Republic of Haiti, Sasha. He has a brother who is called Vladimir. He is also here at the EXPO, behind the counter selling souvenirs, rum, coffee and other small products from the countries of the Caribbean. Such names were given to the brothers by my mother – a big fan of Russian culture.

Natives of Haiti, brothers Sasha (left) and Vladimir (right) with their mother

“My mother loves Russian culture very much, loves Russian literature, Pushkin,” says Vladimir, who himself is somewhat similar to the great Russian classic.

I like the brothers in Kazakhstan. Lucky Sasha easily lists the names of dishes that he managed to taste here: “Beshbarmak, manti, lagman and so on, what is called … In general, the milk of a camel.”

– Shubat?

“Yes, that’s right, very interesting cuisine,” Sasha says happily.

“Unique people here,” thinks his thoughtful brother Vladimir, and the more serious he becomes, the more externally he looks like Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin. “The uniqueness of Kazakhstanis is that they can look different, no matter they have Asian roots or Slavic, They treat us fraternally, and this is very good.Kazakhstanis are patriots of their country and very hospitable, we can calmly get acquainted with someone, here it is not a problem at all. ”

In this part of the Caribbean pavilion, the atmosphere is really very informal and has a lot to communicate with. Next to the souvenir shops there is a bar with various drinks. Given the large number of young people involved in EXPO, both foreign and from Kazakhstan, the question may arise: did the exhibition of international couples appear here in two months? Vladimir answers this question evasively, but still rather positively, rather than negatively.

“I can not disseminate personal information, but I can say one thing: we have a bar, where we can stay after work, sit, talk, try different drinks that have been brought from the Caribbean, that’s why we have communication precisely, we support communication with all “, – said one of the Kazakhs working in the Caribbean pavilion.

“Rakhmet”, – Vladimir says, answering the question, what he managed to learn the words in Kazakh. Prices for goods they have different, for example, bracelets and hairpins are sold for 3,000 tenge, but if bargained, they can make a discount.

From the Caribbean bar, the song “No woman, no cry” by Jamaican artist Bob Marley sounds. His photograph adorns the shelf of the national pavilion of Jamaica. That is, in this country, apparently, consider Marley a kind of brand.

“You have very friendly people in the country,” said Ornela, a spokeswoman for Jamaica, who gladly agrees on the photo.

Ornela from Jamaica

“If I talk about what surprised me the most in Kazakhstan and what I remember, it’s people who want to take pictures of me, and horse meat,” laughs a resident of Grenada named Renee. The girl told that she first tried horse meat, she liked the taste. As a whole, she has a good impression of our country, she says, the common feature is the hospitality of the Kazakhs and Grenadians.

Rene from Grenada

The pavilions of the Caribbean countries are not very large, if not empty. But in many of them there is often one and the same thing, if one may say so, an exhibit – rum.

“This is the most popular rum, 69 percent alcohol,” says Renee. Also in the pavilions you can see cocoa, sauces, soap, chocolate. One of the questions frequently asked by visitors is how much it costs and whether it can be bought. Employees explain that it is rather the exhibits, but still some of the presented can be bought in shops at the end of the pavilion (that is, Sasha and Vova with Haiti).

“In fact, only a small industry is represented here, but we need to understand that our most important product is tourism, 78 percent of GDP comes from tourism,” says Debra from the state of Antigua and Barbuda.

Debra and Kazakhstanian Dana

“They are wonderful, very cheerful, very friendly, very talented, everyone has an innate sense of rhythm, hearing, all sing well, dance,” says Dana, who works in a Caribbean pavilion. The brightest impression that Debra will take with him is the Baikonur cosmodrome, where she visited recently.

“Where’s Cuba?”

“Is Cuba far away?” Asked the man in the Caribbean pavilion. “Cuba is nearby,” he was told. “Only you have to go out and enter the pavilion of Latin America.”

“We have here a Cuban rum, a cigar …”, says Mara Rodriguez in Russian.

“You have very good people, a lot of young people, Kazakhstanis will stay in my heart,” the Cuban notes.

These products are also not for sale

“People from Latin America are quite open-minded people, they are easy to work with, they are funny, they smile, they love and can rest, dance, in addition to work, we have leisure time.The only thing that they sometimes do not like about us is, probably, Bureaucracy, “says Ardak, who tells visitors about the Dominican Republic.

Colleague Ardak – Dominican diplomat Louis told us that he managed to visit the resort Borovoe. “I went to Burabai, and I really liked the nature there and everything in general.” It’s a pity we only had one day, but I really enjoyed it, “the man says.

Here is a paradox: here at the Expo, Louis represents his country primarily as a tourist destination, which, incidentally, enjoys great popularity among Kazakhstanis (especially the two resorts of Punta Cana and Puerto Plata), and he himself was fascinated by Kazakhstan. “This is a different kind of nature, we have beaches, and you have places like Burabai, and I really liked that nature, I would also like to go to Almaty and better consider Astana,” he said.

And this is another Dominican – Marcus. He is seven years old and most of all in Astana he liked the beach in the shopping and entertainment center Khan-Shatyr.

“They are classy, sociable, very talkative, always help each other.” Everyone wants to constantly ignite, music, freedom … “, says Kazakhstant Ulzhalgas.

Cultural exchange takes place right before our eyes. Ulzhalgas brought her friend from Paraguay Leticia Kurt. She immediately tastes it.

“It looks like cheese,” the girl tries to understand the taste, nodding her approval. She liked Kurt. “I already tried something from the local cuisine,” says Letitia, and begins to look for something in the smartphone. “I’ll show you now.” So I tried the horse’s meat, and it’s excellent. ” It was beshbarmak.

At some point, representatives of all the pavilions of Latin America began to disappear somewhere.

“Tusit, tusit, tusit …” – sang someone from the Kazakh staff and evaporated.

“We will have a mini-corporation now,” the girl explained.

What an occasion, she did not say, but perhaps it is somehow connected with the National Day of Chile, which was celebrated at the EXPO today. By the way, Chileans celebrated this event with songs and dances. Witnesses of this idea could see what a diverse culture this country has.

Visitors of the exhibition at a concert in honor of the National Day of Chile

At first everything was very modest.

But with each next number, the audience became more aware of the peculiarities of this Latin American country.

“And the sharpest sauce is called” Scorpio, “says a resident of the state of Antigua and Barbuda, pointing to the bottles on a shelf in a Caribbean pavilion.

“By the way, I’m also a Scorpio by the zodiac sign,” the woman said.

At the end of the corridor, you could buy spicy sauces at a price of 1,500 to 2,500 tenge per bottle.

Renat Tashkinbayev