BRIDGETOWN,Barbados, Wednesday December 12, 2018 –Russia and Barbados are seeking to strengthen and deepen relations, with the world’s largest country interested in setting up a permanent mission in the Caribbean island.
That was made clear when Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Barbados, Alexander Kurmaz, and Barbados’ Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Dr Jerome Walcott, met during a courtesy call.
During the discussions, Ambassador Kurmaz,who is non-resident and based in Guyana, with responsibility for Barbados,Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and Grenada, said he would very much like to have a permanent mission in Barbados to aid in efforts at dealing with the four countries.
“I hope that we have more engagement and productive relations. It is necessary to enhance our presence….It will help the interactions bilaterally. Generally, the relations are good, but they are too narrow,” he said.
Ambassador Kurmaz also noted that it was Russia’s desire to build constructive cooperation with Barbados in all areas, preferably in bilateral and multilateral fora.
Minister Walcott, agreeing with the need to strengthen the relationship, noted that Russia and Barbados established relations over 25 years ago but more had to be done to conclude some bilateral agreements, as well as technical assistance.
“Somehow, it doesn’t seem as though we’ve both followed through. We have to deepen and strengthen the relationship. We have to do more trade. Certainly, Barbados will have to,” he said.
The two officials also agreed that more had to be done with respect to the level of interaction in terms of “people to people, government to government and business to business”.
Discussions also centred on judicialassistance Russia could offer and the need for Barbados to continue accessingscholarship programmes provided by that country.