Russia celebrates 40 years of diplomatic relations with Jamaica
It was indeed a grand occasion to be celebrated - Russia's National Day. It was a twin celebration as the Federation also celebrated 40 years of diplomatic relations between Russia and Jamaica.
Russian Ambassador to Jamaica Vladmir Polenov welcomed his specially invited guests to the Veterian Suite at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel, last Friday (June 5), to mark the occasions.
The room was beautifully decorated and had a mini exhibition on the history of both countries that was viewed by friends, families and well-wishers from the private sector, the Government and members of the diplomatic corps who had gathered for the celebrations.
Andrey Dryakin, head of the consular section at the Russian embassy, kicked off the formalities and made room for the guest of honour - Ambassador Vladimir Polenov.
In his address, the ambassador noted that both countries have worked harmoniously in a number of spheres for four decades. He noted that, nearly a month ago, on May 8, marked the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazism. "We laid a wreath at the cenotaph in the National Heroes Park in commemoration of Jamaicans fallen during the world wars," he told the audience.
He also noted that, in March, the University of the West Indies and Moscow State University of Culture and Arts signed a memorandum of understanding to establish fruitful and mutually beneficial cooperation in key areas of educational and scientific processes.
To add to the achievements, the ambassador congratulated Arnold Foote Jr who received an honorary doctorate degree from the Russian University.
In response, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade A.J. Nicholson congratulated Russia on their 'Day' - a holiday (June 12), and on the decades of diplomatic relationship they have maintained with Jamaica. "It is further expected that collaboration in areas of tourism will continue, and it is anticipated that future travel and business relations between both our countries will increase substantially," Nicholson noted.
He concluded by expressing gratitude to the Russian government for the annual scholarship it continues to grant to Jamaican students to pursue higher degrees in the Russian Federation, and the short courses currently being offered to the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
WIth formalities out of the way, guests were treated to a buffet of scrumptious dishes which included - Russian pilav with beef, Russian chicken and beef patties, smoked marlin with cream cheese and papaya sauce, callaloo quiche, stuffed chicken wings, fish fingers with bammy strips, coconut shrimps, jerked pork with tamarind jerk sauce, fruit, and a variety of desserts.