Laos–Russia relations

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Laos–Russia relations
Map indicating locations of Laos and Russia

Laos

Russia
Laos embassy in Moscow, Russia.

Laos–Russia relations (Russian: Российско-лаосские отношения) refers to the current and historical relationship between Lao People's Democratic Republic and the Russian Federation. On 31 December 1991, Laos recognised the Russian Federation as the successor state to the Soviet Union, after the latter's dissolution.[1] Laos has an embassy in Moscow, while Russia has an embassy in Vientiane.

Soviet Union—Laos relations[edit]

The Soviet Union established diplomatic relations with Laos on October 7, 1960. The Lao representative in France was accredited to the Soviet Union, and the ambassador of the Soviet Union to Cambodia was accredited to Laos.[2] On December 1, 1962, the USSR and Laos signed several agreements, including the ones on trade and payments, on economic and technical assistance in the construction of a hydroelectric power station on the Nam Niep River, and on the construction of a hospital and a radio station in Vientiane on pro donate basis.

Russian Federation—Laos relations[edit]

Since 2014, Russia and Laos have been working on increasing cooperation. Russian politician Valentina Matviyenko met with lao politician Pany Yathotou, discussing improving and strengthening relations between the two countries. Tourism from Russia to Laos has gone up over the last several years, with Russian citizens not needing a visa to enter Laos. Around 200 Laotian students attended school in Russia. Plans were also made to create a Russian language school in Vientiane.[3]

Ambassadors of the USSR and Russia to Laos[edit]

List of Soviet and Russian ambassadors to Laos.[4]

Ambassadors of the USSR and Russia in Laos
Appointed Name Dismissed
8 October 1960 Aleksandr Nikitich Abramov 31 August 1962
31 August 1962 Sergei Alekseyevich Afanasev 21 October 1964
21 October 1964 Boris Efremovich Kirnasovsky 21 June 1968
21 June 1968 Viktor Ivanovich Minin 14 October 1972
14 October 1972 Valentin Petrovich Vdovin 4 December 1976
4 December 1976 Mitrofan Grigoryevich Podolsky 9 October 1980
9 October 1980 Vladimir Fyodorovoch Sobchenko 3 October 1986
3 October 1986 Yuri Yakovlevich Mikheyev 9 October 1990
9 October 1990 Georgi Alekseyevich Rudov 6 April 1993
6 April 1993 Vladimir Pavlovich Fedotov 30 April 1997
30 April 1997 Valentin Grigoryevich Eremchenko 17 June 2002
17 June 2002 Yuri Andreyevich Raikov 17 January 2007
17 January 2007 Vladimir Yurevich Plotnikov 3 February 2010
3 February 2010 Oleg Viktorovich Kabanov 19 July 2014

Education[edit]

Russian Embassy School in Vientiane serves Russian families in Laos.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Политические контакты (in Russian). Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 5 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  2. ^ Ginsburgs, George; Slusser, Robert M. (1981). A calendar of Soviet treaties, 1958-1973. BRILL. p. 114. ISBN 90-286-0609-2. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  3. ^ Russia-Laos to deepen ties, cooperation. Vientiane Times. Published 22 September 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  4. ^ Послы СССР и России в Лаосе | Ambassadors of the USSR and Russia in Laos (In Russian). Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 15 May 2015.

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