The Cooperative Republic of Guyana extends warm congratulations to His Excellency President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin and to the government and people of the Russian Federation on the occasion of Russia Day 2019.
Russia Day is celebrated annually to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of State Sovereignty of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR) on 12th June 1990.
Guyana is pleased to be part of the celebration of this anniversary which marks, also, the adoption of the new Russian Constitution, a new national flag, a new national anthem, a new emblem and a new name for the country – the Russian Federation.
Your Excellency, Ladies and Gentlemen, Friends, Russia’s role within the international community remains an important one. Russia’s contributions to science and its economic and social achievements – straddling all spheres of human endeavour – have benefited developing countries, including Guyana and of course the world at large.
Guyana and Russia have enjoyed excellent formal and informal relations for over fifty years. Our relations are predicated on respect for treaties and international law and the maintenance of regional peace and security.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Guyana and Russia have collaborated in the fields of culture, education, the economy, security and science. The training of Guyanese in Russia has provided our country with a corps of skilled professionals who have and continue to contribute to national development. Guyana iterates its appreciation for Russian support for debt relief and disaster relief. Our relations have been enhanced through the:
– Treaty on Basic Relations between the Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and the Government of the Russian Federation;
– Agreement between the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and the Russian Federation for the Waiver of Visa Requirements;
– Agreement on Combating Illicit Trade of Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and their Precursors; and
– work of the Joint Working Group in the Field of Geology and Subsoil Management.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Guyana looks forward to strengthening its relations with Russia and, particularly, to the successful conclusion of agreements relating to investments and the mutual recognition of educational qualifications.
Guyana will continue to collaborate at the multilateral level with Russia in pursuing our common interests, including action to combat the threats of transnational crime, the adverse effects of climate change and the securing of global peace and security.
Excellency, Ladies and Gentlemen,
I ask that you join me in a toast to the health of His Excellency President Vladimir Putin, to the prosperity of the people of the Russian Federation and to the continued friendship between our two states.