New Russian Ambassador assures of deep respect and friendship

The new Russian Ambassador Georgii Zuev presenting his credentials to the Head of State Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi 11

By Faye Seiuli

APIA, SAMOA – THURSDAY 25 OCTOBER 2018: Russia’s new Ambassador to Samoa has assured that the Russian people feel deep respect and friendship towards the people of Samoa.

Ambassador-designate, Georgii Zuev presented his credentials to Samoa’s Head of State Afioga Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aleto’a Sualauvi 11 at Government House this morning.

“I would like to emphasize that my work as Ambassador will be driven by the desire to enhance contacts between the Russian Federation and Samoa for the sake of both our nations and regardless of any external factors,” said Ambassador Zuev.

For ease of travel, the two Governments signed the agreement on Mutual Abolition of Visa Requirements for citizens of the Russia Federation and Samoa which has been in effect since June 2017.

Samoa’s Head of State, Afioga Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aleto’a Sualauvi II acknowledged the signing of the agreement between two nations.

He said Samoa and Russia relations is characterized by mutual respect and sharing interest to address many challenges the global community face such as; threat to world peace and security, climate change, disaster resilience, terrorism and many others.

“As a small island developing state, we are vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change and thus appreciate the Russian Federation’s US$7.5 million for the Disaster Resilient Project for Pacific SIDS (Small Islands Developing States) implemented through UNDP; to improve capacity of disaster relief officials and enhance Samoa’s Development and preparedness relief programme,” said Tuimaleali’ifano.

Russia’s Ambassador, Georgii Zuev with Samoa’s Head of State, Afioga Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aleto’a Sualauvi II and Faamausili Leinafo Tuimalealiifano

The new Russian Ambassador assured the Head of State of his highest consideration as well as to extend the wishes of prosperity and success to the people of Samoa.

His Excellency Georgii Zuev graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in 1981.

He began his diplomatic career serving in Kuwait (1981 – 1986) and in Libya (1988 – 1993), and he was appointed as the Deputy Director of the Ministers Secretariat Department from 1977 – 199 and promoted as the Deputy Secretary General from 1999-2000.

In 2000, he was assigned to the Russian Embassy in Libya as the Minister-Counsellor until 2004. He returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russian as Deputy Director of Human Resources Department.

Georgii Zuev will be based at the Russian Federation Embassy in Wellington, New Zealand and departs Samoa on Saturday.