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Mr Ambassador, Your Excellency, ladies and gentlemen, colleagues, friends,
We have gathered today on a remarkable occasion which is the opening of an exhibition of archives from the foreign ministries of Russia and Brazil timed to coincide with the 190th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between our countries.
On October 3, 1828, Emperor Nicholas I signed a decree appointing well-known Russian diplomat and researcher Frants Borel the first Russian envoy to Brazil. It is symbolic that Brazil was the first Latin American country with which the Russian government established diplomatic relations. In fact, Brazil served as a “window” for Russia to this unique region. We have come a long way since then and accumulated considerable experience of constructive interaction. Copies of the agreement on establishing diplomatic relations are on display at the exhibition.
Our relations continue to expand incrementally. A regular and trust-based political dialogue is maintained at all levels, including the highest. Bilateral sectoral cooperation mechanisms are functioning effectively, and trade and economic exchanges are expanding. Importantly, we are not resting on our laurels, but are instead seeking new and more advanced forms of cooperation, including in the investment, research and technology sectors.
Our interaction in international affairs is based on coinciding or similar approaches to the key challenges of our time. We closely coordinate our moves at key multilateral venues, primarily, the UN, the G20 and, of course, BRICS, which is an association of a new type, and is an important element in the emerging polycentric architecture of world order which is more just and democratic.
The unifying feeling of friendship and affinity between our peoples, our genuine reciprocal interest in the history, culture and traditions of the other are enduring factors that underlie further improvement in bilateral ties. By the way, there is the charter of the Association of Friends of the Soviet Union among the documents on display, which was created at a time when official contacts between Moscow and Rio de Janeiro were interrupted.
An unparalleled cultural project – the one and only Bolshoi Theatre ballet school outside Russia in the city of Joinville – is being successfully implemented in Brazil. Its graduates perform on the Bolshoi Theatre stage in the Russian capital and collaborate with other renowned international ballet troupes. We welcome and support young Brazilians’ interest in studying at the Russian universities. A love for the number one sport – football – also brings our nations closer. This summer, numerous fans from Brazil visited our country for the World Cup and were able to see for themselves what modern Russia is like.
According to a Brazilian saying, a friend is not the one who says “go forward,” but the one who says “let's go forward together.” We see mutual interest in moving forward along the path of deepening Russian-Brazilian strategic partnership.
I note with satisfaction that, in addition to representatives of the diplomatic corps, science, culture, media and the general public, we have here a group of diplomats from Latin American and the Caribbean States who are in Moscow to attend professional development courses at our ministry’s Diplomatic Academy.
Now, please, go ahead and enjoy the exhibition. I’m convinced that it will be of great interest to the Ministry’s employees and numerous other visitors.
Building of the Russian Embassy in Kingston