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Russia strengthening dialogue with the Caribbean

Letter from the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Co-operative Republic of Guyana

The Russian Federation continues to enhance its ties with the Caribbean countries and regional organizations, notably CELAC, CARICOM and the Association of Caribbean States. Over the last year, significant progress has been achieved in terms of political dialogues with Guyana, Grenada, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago. This dialogue includes contacts between Ministers via diplomatic channels, high-profile visits, and mutual support within international organizations. The first joint Russian/Eurasian-Caribbean economic, media and academic forum that took place in St. George’s is a vivid manifestation of interregional rapprochement.

Both Russia and the Caribbean countries advocate a multipolar world consolidated under the aegis of the United Nations and governed by fundamental principles such as the rule of international law, sovereign equality, non-intervention and non-interference in the international affairs of States.

Our countries share a common stance on a variety of global issues and challenges such as sustainable development, climate change, terrorism, weapon nonproliferation. In addition, we are in full agreement when it comes to regional matters such as the need to end the economic embargo or unjustified external pressure against Venezuela.

On bilateral level, our relationship with Grenada has entered a new phase. Reestablishment of the Grenadian Embassy in Moscow, participation of the Grenadian delegation in the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, signing of the Russian-Grenadian visa waiver agreement which will enter into force on December 24, 2017, are just a few instances of deepening political and economic engagements. Our countries have also enjoined fruitful discussions with the Russia-CELAC format and we are ready to continue the dialogue that will lead us towards an enduring partnership.

The Russian-Guyanese relationship is also on the rise. Over the last year and a half, our countries exchanged high-level delegations to hold talks on bilateral and multilateral issues of mutual interest. Most recently, a delegation from the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology visited Georgetown to define key areas of engagement in the fields of geology and mining. Russian investors continue to funnel resources and generate jobs in Guyana. There is a visa-free regime with Guyana effective since 2015.

Russia and Trinidad and Tobago are enjoying fruitful cooperation in the field of trade and energy. In October 2017, a Trinidadian delegation headed by the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources visited Moscow to participate in the 19th Ministerial Meeting of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum.

Russia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines look to strengthen their humanitarian ties and foster sustainable tourism. Finalizing and signing a visa waiver agreement will be a significant step in the right direction. Our country will continue to provide scholarships and academic exchange opportunities to Saint Vincent and other CARICOM members.

The Government of the Russian Federation extends its sympathy to the victims of the hurricanes and peoples of the ravaged islands of the Caribbean. In order to assist in the recovery, Russia has provided grants to the Governments of Antigua and Barbuda, and Dominica. The Russian delegation at the ECOSOC has also proposed to establish a global disaster control network which would help the Caribbean nations become resilient to climate change and its effects.

Our country will continue its efforts to build up sustainable partnerships and promote mutually beneficial engagements in the Caribbean.