Acting Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Ralph Gonsalves, Moscow, January 17, 2020
Mr Prime Minister,
We welcome you and the members of your delegation to Moscow.
We have known each other for years. But this is the first official visit by you and the first official visit by a prime minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the Russian Federation.
I know you had a very busy schedule here. You had talks with Deputy Prime Minister Maxim Akimov and took part in discussions at the Gaidar Forum. Today we can talk about our efforts to expand international cooperation between our two countries.
We maintain a sustained dialogue with you and other member countries of the Caribbean Community. This year, consultations with you take on special importance, given that your country is a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council this year and the next year.
I am looking forward to having effective and pleasant talks. Again, thank you for accepting our invitation.