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New Zealand - Russia free trade deal beckons as Putin invites Key to Moscow Print E-mail

NBR, September 09, 2012: Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited John Key to Moscow next year, according to an RNZ report. The Prime Minister says by setting a date, the Mr Putin is indicating his seriousness about signing an NZ-Russia free trade deal.

 The two leaders met in Vladivostok last night NZ time, where both are attending the APEC summit. The meeting lasted a reported 20 minutes.

Russian FTA hangs in balance - New Zealand PM John Key Print E-mail

07/09/2012 Fairfax NZ News

APEC: Key tackles farming subsidies$2.2 billion to rebuild Chch's infrastructureHarawira's N-bomb directed at National MPsMillions saved from student loan changesJoyce relaxed over asset sales blowFormer staffer gets $1.7m contractsEntertainers attack NZ boat people lawVladivostok prepared for spotlightBenefits cut over outstanding arrest warrantsKey: Government won't go to water hui

 Prime Minister John Key says a free trade deal with Russia "hangs in the balance" after Russia's First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov expressed nervousness about the deal, especially the impact on agricultural exports.

Key is set to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin for face-to-face talks tomorrow.

New Zealand PM in Russia must make most of his opening act Print E-mail

5 September 2012 The New Zealand Herald, NZ already on informal agenda at this year's meeting of Asia Pacific leaders
It's important Prime Minister John Key makes the most of his opportunity as the first political leader to speak to the Apec Summit to push out the boundaries on free trade.
New Zealand will already be on the informal agenda at this year's high-profile meeting of Asia Pacific leaders by the time Key and his entourage reach Russky Island.
There is keen interest in international trade circles in the pending candidacy of NZ Trade Minister Tim Groser for the top job at the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

New Zealand - Russia: Key lines up talks with Putin Print E-mail

4 September 2012, The New Zealand Herald Prime Minister John Key has secured a one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at this weekend's summit of Apec economies in Russia.

The Russian Embassy in Wellington yesterday confirmed that Mr Key and Mr Putin would have a bilateral meeting on the fringes of the main conference agenda. The embassy also said it was Russia's ``firm intention'' to complete what have been stalled negotiations of a Russia-New Zealand free trade agreement by the end of the year. Russia surprised many in the trade world two years ago in agreeing to a suggestion from Trade Minister Tim Groser that the two countries hammer out a free trade deal which will be the first of its kind for Russia.

Although New Zealand exports to Russia totalled less than $300 million last year, Wellington has argued that an FTA is in both countries' strategic economic interest.

Pussy Riot saga raises the beat at trade talks - New Zealand press Print E-mail

5 September 2012, The New Zealand Herald The overreaction to the antics of a punk band may embarrass Vladimir Putin at Apec, says John Armstrong

It is not every day that the Russian Embassy in Wellington feels obliged to issue a three-page statement dealing with the behaviour of a feminist punk rock band.

The press release - issued on the eve of Vladimir Putin strutting the world stage by virtue of Russia's hosting of this year's Apec summit - was tacit acknowledgement the Russian president has been embarrassed by the international outrage over the two-year jail sentences imposed on members of Pussy Riot.

Russian, New Zealand FMs discuss situation in Syria Print E-mail

MOSCOW, September 5 (Itar-Tass) —— Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with his New Zealand counterpart Murray McCully on Wednesday, September 5, to discuss the situation in Syria.
Lavrov and McCully met on the sidelines of the 24th conference of the APEC foreign and trade ministers in Vladivostok.
“The ministers of foreign affairs discussed pressing issues of Russia-New Zealand relations, including the talks on a free trade agreement between the Customs Union member states and New Zealand, as well as some other international issues with a focus on the situation in Syria,” the Foreign Ministry said.

Vladivostok given makeover for APEC Print E-mail

6 September 2012 Fairfax political reporter Vernon Small will cover this year's Apec meeting and Prime Minister John Key's visit to Russia and then Japan. Today he previews the Apec meeting and the big push by Russia to put a gloss on host city Vladivostok.
This week's Apec meeting in Russia is being held at the end of a dodgy road, across a bridge to nowhere.
John Key and the other 20 leaders gathering in the far-eastern city of Vladivostok tomorrow will be hoping it's not an omen.
Russia has poured more than $25 billion into Vladivostok - a spend second only to the investment in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics - to improve infrastructure and facilities, including a new conference centre on Russkiy (Russian) Island where the summit will be held.
It will become the campus of the Far Eastern Federal University after the leaders leave.


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The first European to find NZ was a Dutch who was looking for smthing else. It takes its name from a province of Holland to which it does not bear the remotest likeness, and is usually regarded as the antipodes of England, but is not. Taken possession of by an English navigator, whose action was reversed by his country's rulers, it was only annexed by the English Government which did not want it, to keep it from the French who didW.P.Reeves, 1898

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Lieut. -Colonel H. C. Barclay, M.D., of Timaru, writing to the Christchurch Sun, says: — Arriving in Petrograd, after a tedious 22 days journey from Japan, I was anxious to waste no time, but to get to the front. At that time no reverses had be fallen the English or French troops, and the idea of my commission leading to an appointment in England among the army that was to be recruited had not occurred to me, and so I promptly offered myself as an army surgeon to the Russians, and was accepted as an operating surgeon, though of the language I knew nothing. Still, if they were game to take me, I was game to go. During the ten days of waiting I had some interesting, if not exciting, personal expediences. I had the honor of being, presented to the Empress - that is, the Dowager Empress, the mother of the present Tsar. It was at one of the summer palaces on the island of the Neva, on the borders of Petrograd. After some formal introduction to a baroness and one of the Princesses, the Empress came in. She was attired in black with a plain white collar and a pearl necklace, her hair dressed in ordinary English fashion. There was no difficulty in seeing at once the likeness to Queen Alexandra, whose sister she is, but she was not as tall, nor as impressive in appearanpe as I understand the late Queen of England to be. She was exceedingly gracious in manner and in speech, and spoke English like an English lady would. Among other things, she expressed her pleasure at seeing an Englishman with her troops, and when she spoke of  the Anglo-Russian alliance, the emotion behind the words was plainly visible to me. A TALISMAN. When I said  that while with her countrymen I hoped to do my duty faithfully and well she slipped a little present into my hand, saying, -"Keep this for my sake, and may it protect you." Then her Majesty looked me very straight in the face and paused - her eyes were moist “Thank God for the English alliance," – she said and raising her hand to my lips I kissed it, bowed, and she passed out. It needed no keen observer to be aware of the feeling at the back of words in themselves so simple. Needless, to say, the little gift was of the nature of an amulet, a religious token to be worn round the neck. Of her interest in my reasons for being in Russia at the time, and of her questions about New Zealand and Australia I need not write. Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLI, Issue 13570, 23 December 1914, Page 2

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