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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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Russia - New Zealand Video

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Russia - New Zealand Quotes

Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.Winston Churchill, 1939
I myself prefer my New Zealand eggs for breakfast. Elizabeth II
Я никогда до этого не была в Новой Зеландии. Но одним из образцов подражания для меня всегда была Зена, королева воинов, она родилась там. Мадлен Олбрайт, 1995

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Russia - New Zealand History

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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