Belgium–Russia relations

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Belgium–Russia relations
Map indicating locations of Belgium and Russia

Belgium

Russia

Belgium–Russia relations refers to the bilateral foreign relations between the two countries, Belgium and Russia. Russia has an embassy in Brussels and a consulate-general in Antwerp, whilst Belgium has an embassy in Moscow and the Consulate General in Saint Petersburg.

Both countries are full members of the Council of Europe and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

History[edit]

President Vladimir Putin with King Albert II, and spouses, whilst on a state visit in Brussels in October 2001.

High level contacts between Belgium and Russia began in the early 18th century, when Peter the Great visited the Southern Netherlands in 1717. Amongst towns he visited were Brussels, Aix-la-Chapelle and Spa.[1] Peter left his mark in Spa, when he built an edifice with a portico over the main spring, which the locals renamed in his honour as Pouhon Pierre-le-Grand.[2][3] Diplomatic relations were established between Belgium and the Russian Empire in 1853,[4] when Mikhail Irineyevich Khreptovich was appointed as the first envoy of the Russian Empire in Brussels on 19 March 1853.[5]

Trade relations[edit]

In 2004, trade between the two countries totally €4.75 billion, an increase of €1.18 billion over the previous year, with Russia holding a trade surplus of €1.51 billion in bilateral trade. Russian exports to Belgium were mainly commodities, including minerals (37%), precious and semi-precious stones (22%), ferrous and non-ferrous metals (17%) and chemical products (8%). Russian imports from Belgium were composed of industrial equipment (25%), chemicals and pharmaceuticals (18%), plastic products and rubber (9%), food (8%) and transportation (8%). In 2004, Belgium imported 30% of its oil and natural gas from Russia, although mainly spot market.[6] Air transport links between the two countries exist, with Aeroflot and Brussels Airlines operating flights between Moscow and Brussels.[7][8] In 2011,

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bogue, David (1852). "Chief town in Belgium and on the route of the Rhine". Belgium and the Rhine. London: D. Bogue. pp. 74–75. Retrieved 2009-03-31. 
  2. ^ Chambers, William (1842). "Spa to Cologne". A tour in Switzerland in 1841. Edinburgh: W. & R. Chambers. p. 8. Retrieved 2009-03-31. 
  3. ^ Logan, Leanne; Cole, Geert (2007). "The Ardennes". Belgium & Luxembourg (3rd ed.). Lonely Planet. p. 255. ISBN 1-74104-237-2. Retrieved 2009-03-31. 
  4. ^ Lemon, Mark; Mayhew, Henry; Taylor, Tom; Brooks, Shirley; Cowley Burnand, Francis; Seaman, Owen (1853). Punch XXIV. London: Punch Publications Ltd. p. 211. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  5. ^ Представители Российской Империи В Других Странах (in Russian). Worldwide Historical Project. Retrieved 2009-03-31. 
  6. ^ Российско-бельгийские отношения (in Russian). Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 4 October 2005. Retrieved 2009-03-31. 
  7. ^ "ОАО "Аэрофлот — Российские авиалинии"" (in Russian). Polyot-Sirena. Retrieved 2009-03-31. 
  8. ^ "Delta Air Transport /Brussels Airlines/ Brussels Airlines" (in Russian). Polyot-Sirena. Retrieved 2009-03-31. 

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