New Zealand Embassy, Moscow, Russian Federation
New Zealand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon Murray McCully visits the Russian Federation
On 4-5 November, at the invitation of the Russian Foreign Minister H.E. Sergey Lavrov, New Zealand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon Murray McCully made an official working visit to the Russian Federation.
The visit reciprocated the visit made by Minister Lavrov to New Zealand in January 2012 (the first ever dedicated bilateral visit by a Russian Foreign Minister). On 5 November the two Ministers discussed the current state of bilateral relations and their prospects for future development. Particular attention was given to the priority being given to concluding Free Trade Agreement negotiations between New Zealand and the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Other high priority items on the bilateral agenda included developing cultural, sporting, educational, scientific and business exchanges, as well as agricultural cooperation, including in Siberia and the Russian Far East. The two Ministers also had a substantive discussion on regional and global issues of mutual interest including Syria, the Middle East Peace Process, and developments in the Asia-Pacific.
In the press conference following the talks, Minister Lavrov and Minister McCully announced that the two sides had agreed to implement a programme of commemorative activities next year to mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, as well as increase the tempo of high level exchanges, including formal consultations between the two foreign ministries.