ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Feb. 22, CMC – Alexander Sergeyevich Kurmaz, the Ambassador-Designate of the Russian Federation to Grenada, says that his country is deeply concerned about the ongoing crisis in Venezuela and will not abandon the South American nation.
Kurmaz, who is scheduled to present his diplomatic credentials next week, made the comment while addressing an investment conference here on Friday.
“We are deeply concerned about the situation in Venezuela, but we want to send a clear message – that we do not abandon our friends and allies. In partnership with the like-minded country, including Grenada and other Caribbean Countries, we will promote our common principles of non-interference, multilateralism, self-determination of nations with “recipes” imposed by outsiders,” he said.
The Ambassador who will be based in Guyana with responsibilities for St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Kitts Nevis and Grenada said that now more than ever, the region needs to keep its spirit of unity and solidarity in front of new policy challenges and other threats, including threats to security and climate change.”
He told the participants that the Caribbean is at a turning point in history and Russia sees discord and misbalance in the regional cooperative mechanism.
“It is clear that involvement of external forces and attempts to change the political landscape of the region have not been without consequences.”
He said as a means to contributing to the development of the region, Russia wants to establish a full-scale project that will bring benefits for both Russia and members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
“We also want to pursue cooperation in such as areas as oil and gas, hydro and atomic energy; aircraft and in particular helicopter industry, infrastructure, agriculture, biopharmaceutics as well as information and communications technologies,” he told participants at the 2019 Next Step conference.
The conference is one of the activities of the St George’s Club – a Russian organisation aimed at bringing investment to the region.
Kurmaz told the conference that Russia’s goal is to have mutual beneficial arrangements with all of the Caribbean countries.
“We want to pursue successful cooperation in strengthening civil security as traditionally understood, namely countering terrorism, illicit drug traffic, fighting transnational organised crime as well as in addressing new challenges like money laundering and terrorist financing,” he told the participants which comprise both Russian investors as well as public sector representatives from St Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda and St Kitts Nevis.