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FIGHTING terrorism and preventing climate change are top priorities for Russia in its relationship with PNG, says Ambassador Lyudmila Vorobeiva.
She said this when presenting her letters of credence to Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae at Government House in Port Moresby yesterday.
Vorobeiva said Russia and its businesses were open to further development through cooperation with PNG counterparts.
She said the Russian delegation headed by Dmintry Medvedev, the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, would actively participate in the Apec Leaders Summit in Port Moresby next month.
“It may seem that our country have very little in common due to their remoteness and differences in historical and cultural background. However, people-to-people contacts between our nations have a long record and originate from the second half of the 19th Century when an outstanding Russian scientist and explorer Nikolay Miklouho-Maclay visited the island of New Guinea,” Vorobeiva said.
“He scrutinised native flora and fauna, traditions, the way of life of the indigenous population and made the world familiar with the uniqueness of PNG.”
“I would like to express my gratitude for the efforts undertaken by the people of PNG to preserve the scientific and creative heritage of this eminent scientist.”
The ambassador said Russia and PNG had maintained diplomatic relationship for more than 50 years.
“I am confident that the Apec Summit will become a boost for mutually beneficial contacts between the regional economies and will demonstrate to the world the hospitality and uniqueness of Papua New Guinea.
“I hope that this year, Ministers of Foreign Affairs of our respective countries will have fruitful and mutually beneficial consultations on the margins of the 73rd Sessions of the UN General Assembly -notwithstanding a very modest volume of mutual trade – US$8.2 million 2017.
“Taking into consideration significant natural and human resources, I am sure that these contacts could be of high benefit for both countries.”

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