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Russian Economic Development Minister holds briefing on beginning of two-day APEC Foreign and Trade Ministers' Meeting, New Zealand Print E-mail

On September 5, as part of the APEC Leaders' Week in Vladivostok, Russian Economic Development Minister Andrey Belousov held a briefing on the beginning of the two-day APEC Foreign and Trade Ministers' Meeting.
Mr Belousov said that the ministers would discuss several key issues on their agenda, including the main results of APEC's performance in 2012 and the forum's objectives and goals for 2013.

Russia's Lavrov interviewed on APEC, New Zealand - official transcript Print E-mail

Excerpt from "Interview of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, S.V. [Sergey Viktorovich] Lavrov to RIA 'Novosti', Moscow, 3 September 2012" published in English by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website on 6 September; subheadings have been inserted editorially:


Question: The APEC summit will be held in Vladivostok this week. What are the main issues that Moscow plans to bring in to the agenda of the forum? How successful for Russia, in your opinion, was the year of the country's chairmanship of APEC?

S.V. Lavrov: Russia views the chairmanship of the forum "The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation" as the most important area of the course to embed [to become involved] in regional integration processes, as well as promoting a productive and mutually beneficial cooperation with countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The main purpose of this energetic and hard work - is to create the necessary external conditions for the modernization and innovation of our country, including socio-economic development of Siberia and the Far East.

Putin to hold 15 bilateral meetings within APEC summit including the meeting with John Key Print E-mail

VLADIVOSTOK, September 7 (Itar-Tass) — Russian President Vladimir Putin intends to hold 15 bilateral meetings with his counterparts from other countries during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum’s summit on September 7-9. Presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said that these are coordinated and planned talks, but in the course of the work at the forum Putin may have also other contacts with the heads of foreign delegations. Thus, the Russian president is expected to hold separate talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiro Noda, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde.

Putin also intends to have conversation with a number of leaders from South-East Asia, mainly on economic matters. For instance, with Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang he is going to raise the issue of the possibility of starting negotiations on a free trade agreement between the Customs Union member states and Vietnam, which would strengthen the position of Russia and Vietnam in the integration processes that are gaining momentum in the Asia-Pacific region.

Russia - New Zealand trade deal taking longer Print E-mail

03/09/2012 New Zealand's free trade agreement with Russia and two of its neighbouring states is taking longer than expected and is unlikely to be signed this week. Negotiators were originally aiming to have the deal ready for the APEC leaders meeting this week in Vladivostok. But a Foreign Affairs and Trade Ministry spokesperson said there was still some work to be done.

"While we would like to see the negotiation concluded as quickly as possible, New Zealand's over-arching objective is the conclusion of an ambitious, high quality agreement, and we will not allow a timeline to compromise this objective."

New Zealand to discuss its economy prospects at APEC in Russia Print E-mail

Xinhua | 2012-8-24 New Zealand Finance Minister Bill English will be looking to discuss the future of small open economies, like New Zealand, at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)'s annual meeting of finance ministers in Moscow next week.

The meeting on Aug. 30 will include sessions on the global economic outlook and its impact on Asia and the Pacific, along with financial policy measures to address the impact of natural disasters.

"Most of the Asia-Pacific region is generally in better economic shape than other parts of the world, where countries are facing significant ongoing challenges linked to too much debt built up over many years," English said in a statement Friday.
"In the current uncertain environment, I'm keen to share ideas about opportunities for small, open economies like New Zealand."

English will also hold bilateral meetings with several finance ministers, including those of Russia, Indonesia and Mexico, as well as the financial secretary of Hong Kong.

On his way to Moscow, English will visit Hong Kong to meet Hong Kong Monetary Authority Deputy Chief Executive Peter Pang and other government officials and business groups.

Following the APEC finance ministers' meeting, he will travel to New York to meet investor groups and representatives of credit ratings agencies Moody's and Standard & Poor's, before returning to New Zealand on Sept. 6.

New Zealand names next Ambassador to Russia Print E-mail

15 August 2012, M2 Presswire, New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully today named  career diplomat Hamish Cooper as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to the Russian Federation.
“Russia’s decision to negotiate a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with New Zealand is a sign of the growing significance of our relationship, and our shared interests in the Asia-Pacific region,” Mr McCully says.

“The Ambassador’s role will be focused on expanding the relationship, particularly developing trade and economic links.

The NBR Rich List 2012 - Russians in New Zealand Print E-mail

A place for business and pleasure – the international NBR Rich Listers
Nevil Gibson | Friday July 27, 2012 For the first time, The NBR Rich List 2012 has introduced an international section to reflect the globalisation of wealth. These new members have invested parts of the their fortunes in New Zealand or have substantial assets that give them residency rights. The assets are both for business and pleasure.

To these we have added some of the richer New Zealand-born expatriates, who have created billion-dollar fortunes overseas and do not have this country as their primary residence.

The new Russia has created a class of super-rich oligarchs and a number have visited New Zealand to end up investing here. By far the richest is minerals and steel mogul Alexander Abramov, who is building a $40 million luxurious holiday home on a waterfront property in the Bay of Islands. Another rich Russian, Mikhail Kumich, has bought the Waiwera water and thermal springs resort and has based his superyacht Thalia here.


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A country of inveterate, backwoods, thick-headed, egotistic philistines. (about New Zealand) Vladimir Lenin, 1909
Полагаю, мы все были рады покинуть Новую Зеландию. Неприятное место. Коренное население лишено наивной простоты... и большая часть британцев - просто отбросы общества. Чарльз Дарвин, 1860

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We are having long lambskin coats made with outer surface of Gabardine. A good warm cloth overcoat is also recommended by Australian Legation which advises in addition, furlined coat. We have not examined cost of latter but have been informed by a local resident previously living in Russia that they are “de rigueur” for official classes, sheepskin coats being associated with peasantry…Fur caps and furlined gloves are recommended. Top hats are not being taken.
What a country in which the occurrence of queues outside shops is a sign of improving conditions.
It is the most wonderful springtime, the tenderest green on the trees. As always in Moscow, the spring is so fresh, it seems to be happening for the first time.
The Russian language is like a sack pulled over the head of the wretched foreigner. Those like Ruth Macky and me, who have cut an eyehole or two in the sack, have to lead by the hand those who are still living in the darkness. Curious, but the one who shows most promise of all the beginners is Mrs Boswell. For myself I reckon I’ll know Russian well in ten years’ time. It really is a monster of a tongue. Paddy Costello, New Zealand diplomat and linguist, Moscow, 1944

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