Russia Day celebrated, Ambassador highlights nearly 7 decades of ties

The Embassy of the Russian Federation in Cambodia celebrated Russia Day on Friday, with the occasion also recognising the long-standing relationship between both countries in areas of national reconstruction and economic cooperation.

Also in attendance were government officials, members of foreign diplomatic missions, and the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, as well as the Association of Former Cambodian Students from the Soviet Union and Russia, and the Russian Orthodox Church.

Anatoly Borovik, Ambassador of Russia to Cambodia, said that as head of the Russian diplomatic mission he emphasised the country’s long-standing friendly relations with Cambodia, assistance in its national reconstruction after the overthrow of the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime, and the current development of bilateral engagements in various fields, as well as boosting further cooperation.

“We are expanding our presence in the Asia-Pacific region, and are consistently strengthening relationships with countries in the region including Cambodia. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations on 13 May 1956, humanitarian aid has always been a feature of our work,” he said.

“Both the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital and Institute of Technology of Cambodia, established with our support, proudly stand in the heart of Phnom Penh and continue to benefit the people of the Kingdom,” he added.

“Through this national holiday, Russia can be a bridge between Europe and Asia… as well as contribute in the scientific and technical areas, and cultural fields,” he added.

He noted that in the 1980s, the former Soviet Union played a vital role in the reconstruction of Cambodia.

Over the past six and a half decades, our cooperation has expanded considerably in all sectors.

“The political dialogue in the development of inter-parliamentary and inter-party contacts needs to be maintained. The foreign ministries are closely coordinating their efforts, economic contacts are increasing,” he said.

To highlight this point, the Ambassador said that in 2021, Russian-Cambodian trade grew by 21%, with the potential for further expansion.

“We look forward for the continued expansion of traditional cooperation in the humanitarian sphere, including education. There are more than 8,000 universities from the former Soviet Union and in contemporary Russia. It is gratifying to note that many of the graduates come from Cambodia,” he said.

He added that Russian-Cambodian cooperation is developing not only in bilateral, but also in multilateral areas. This year is truly significant as the Kingdom is the ASEAN Country-Coordinator for the Russia-ASEAN dialogue partnership as well as the ASEAN Chair.

“I am convinced that our countries have every opportunity to strengthen our traditional and friendly relations, build cooperation with mutually beneficial exchanges for the benefit of the two peoples,” he said.

Senior Minister and First Vice-President of the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority Ly Thuch marked the development of Russian-Cambodian cooperation, which for 66 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations has been solidified by mutual support, understanding, and close humanitarian contacts .

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