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Vanuatu and Russia reaffirm diplomatic ties after 37 years

Vanuatu and Russia have reaffirmed their diplomatic ties after more than three decades. 

President Nikenike Vurobaravu stated that diplomatic relations between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Vanuatu were first established on June 30, 1987.

The presence of the Russian Ambassador, Dr Alexey Pavlovsky, at the State House yesterday morning to present his credentials testified to the commitment of both countries to advancing strong diplomatic ties.

He shared that the relationship between Vanuatu and the Russian Federation holds great potential for cooperation and collaboration across various fields. 

“As we stand at the dawn of a new era, it is imperative that we seize the opportunities presented to us to deepen our partnership for the mutual benefit of our people,” President Vurobaravu said.

“Vanuatu and Russia share a commitment to promoting peace, stability, and prosperity in the global community.”

Through dialogue, understanding, and respect for each other's sovereignty, both countries can work together to address common challenges and pursue shared goals on the international stage.

“The Republic of Vanuatu values the friendship and support of the Russian Federation and is looking forward to exploring avenues for enhanced cooperation in areas such as trade, investment, education, culture, and technology,” he added. “By leveraging our respective strengths and resources, we can create new opportunities for economic growth and development that will benefit our citizens and contribute to the advancement of our societies.”

The Head of State noted that Vanuatu recognises the importance of people-to-people exchanges in strengthening the bonds of friendship between nations

The Russian Federation’s Ambassador based in Australia, Dr Pavlovsky, conveyed his honour and pleasure to visit Vanuatu, meet the President, and present his credentials. He mentioned their anticipation to work with Vanuatu in reaffirming the partnership between Vanuatu and Russia. Ambassador Pavlovsky noted the lesser-known culture of Vanuatu in Russia and expressed interest in introducing Vanuatu arts and culture to Russia.

President Nikenike affirmed his confidence that Dr Pavlovsky’s presence in Vanuatu will catalyse greater interaction and understanding between the people of Vanuatu and Russia, hoping that the visit will deepen the ties of friendship and cooperation between the two countries. 

“May this occasion mark the beginning of a new chapter in our bilateral relations, characterised by mutual respect, trust, and prosperity,” he said. 

Ambassador Pavlovsky arrived in Vanuatu on Tuesday this week. He will make several visits in Port Vila, including to the Vanuatu Cultural Centre, before returning to Australia, where he is based. 

He assumed his office as the Russian Federation Ambassador there in 2019, marking five years in this office this year. Ambassador Pavlovsky oversees five countries in the Pacific: Australia, Vanuatu, Fiji, Nauru, and Tuvalu. After presenting credentials to the President yesterday, the Russian representative is eager to strengthen Russia’s partnership with Vanuatu.

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