by Alan Ah Mu
APIA: TUESDAY 28 MAY 2013: Samoa enjoys a cordial relationship with Russia, which is characterised by mutual respect and a shared interest to address global challenges.
Challenges such as threats to world peace and security, sustainable development of small island states, food security, “the heinous acts of terrorism,” said Head of State Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi.
In a speech to welcome Valery Tereshchenko new Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Samoa His Highness added, “We endeavor to continue our dialogue on these and other important areas for the well-being of our countries and peoples.”
In presenting his credentials to the Head of State, His Excellency Tereshchenko said in his capacity as ambassador, “I will do all my best to further promote friendly relations between Russia and the Independent State of Samoa and explore new options for their development to the benefit of our nations.”
Both countries share common positions at the United Nations and other international organisations on many issues, including global and regional security, peace and sustainable development and cooperation in Asia-Pacific,” he said.
“Russia has a strong desire to develop cooperation with … Samoa and regards your country as a reliable partner in world affairs.
“May I congratulate, Your Highness, (on the) coming National Day of the Independent State of Samoa and express my best wishes to you as well as wishes for prosperity and wellbeing to the people of your country.”
Ambassador Tereshchenko is a graduate of the Institute of Asian and African Studies at the Moscow State University.
He began his diplomatic career in 1980 and served at the Russian Embassy in Indonesia from 1980 to 1985, 1988 to 1992, and from 1995 to 1999.
In 1997 – 1999, he was Minister-Counsellor at the Russian Embassy in Indonesia.
Married with two children, he speaks Indonesian, English and Malayan.