Russia–Trinidad and Tobago relations

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Russia–Trinidad and Tobago relations
Map indicating locations of Russia and Trinidad and Tobago

Russia

Trinidad and Tobago

Russia–Trinidad and Tobago relations are the bilateral relations between the Russian Federation and Trinidad and Tobago. Diplomatic relations were established on June 6, 1974. Russia is represented in Trinidad and Tobago through a non-resident embassy in Georgetown, Guyana.

Soviet-era relations[edit]

Premier of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev sent a telegram to Eric Williams, the incoming Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, on 30 August 1962 recognising the independence of Trinidad and Tobago from the United Kingdom. In the same telegram, which was sent only hours before the formal independence from the United Kingdom, the Soviet Premier also expressed his willingness to establish diplomatic relations with the new Caribbean nation.[1]

Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Trinidad and Tobago were established on 6 June 1974 in New York City, when the Permanent Representative of the Soviet Union to the United Nations Yakov Malik and his Trinidadian counterpart signed thed necessary treaty.[2] Vladimir Kazimirov was appointed as the first Soviet Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, in concurrence with his posting as Ambassador to Venezuela, on 19 April 1975. Kazimirov presented his Letters of Credence to Governor-General of Trinidad and Tobago Ellis Clarke on 13 June 1975.[3]

In 1975, Eric Williams travelled to the Soviet Union as part of a thawing of relations between his country and Soviet-aligned states.[4]

Russia and Trinidad[edit]

In August 1992, Trinidad recognized Russia as the successor state to the Soviet Union. In 2004, Sergey Lavrov and Knowlson Gift signed a protocol on political consultations between the two ministries. In April 2005, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation and the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago signed a cooperation agreement. In 2004, the Russian Cossack folk dance had nine concerts in Port of Spain, San Fernando, Couva, and Tobago.[citation needed]

In December 2010, Suruj Rambachan, the Trinidad and Tobago Foreign Minister announced that the country had one month previous lifted visa requirements for holders of Russian passports. Rambachan stated that the move, under which holders of those passports would be able to visit Trinidad and Tobago for 90 days visa-free for either business or pleasure, was done to make it easier for those nationals to do business in the country, and to also increase tourism, in which he noted that Russian tourism to Tobago has been increasing.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Soviet Union Recognizes Trinidad-Tobago Regime". Associated Press in The News and Courier (London). 31 August 1962. pp. 8–C. Retrieved 19 January 2011. 
  2. ^ The Current digest of the Soviet press. 23 26. American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. 1974. p. 27. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  3. ^ Тринидад и Тобаго (in Russian). Справочник по истории Коммунистической партии и Советского Союза 1898 - 1991. Retrieved 19 January 2011.  (Archived at WebCite)
  4. ^ Foreign Relations of Trinidad and Tobago CountryStudies.US
  5. ^ "Free entry for Indians, Russians". Trinidad Express. 30 December 2010. Retrieved 19 January 2011.  (Archived at WebCite)

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