Fiji–Russia relations

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Russian-Fijian relations
Map indicating locations of Russia and Fiji

Russia

Fiji

Fiji–Russia relations refers to bilateral relations between Fiji and Russia. Neither country has a resident ambassador, the Ambassador of Russia in Fiji is Alexander Blokhin who also is the Ambassador to Australia, Vanuatu and Nauru. He is stationed in Canberra, Australia.[1]

History[edit]

Fiji had established diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union on January 30, 1974 but there was almost no sense of any relations between the two. But it was only after a deterioration of relations between Fiji and Australia and New Zealand along with the United States in 2009, Fiji began to strengthen its ties with both Russia and China.[2]

On February 8, 2010 Ambassador Isikeli Mataitoga presented credentials to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. The ambassdor had met with a number of Russian officials including Alexey Borodavkin, the deputy minister of Foreign Affairs, and senior officials of the Ministry of Economic Development, Ministry of Agriculture, the Federal Fisheries Agency and the Russian Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The meeting was intended to foster cooperation between both Russia and Fiji in the areas of trade and investment and to increase bilateral ties between the two countries, in May 2010 a group consisting of Fiji Lawyers and Russian Businessmen met with a view of establishing the Fiji Russian Business Council.[3]

High level visits[edit]

In February 2012, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov visited Fiji in the first ever visit of a high level official.[4]

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