Russia is St. Lucia’s newest best friend

So it seems, as from yesterday, Russia became the Caribbean island of St. Lucia‘s newest best friend. Why, you might be asking? Well, this seems to be a case of love of the purest sort as the countries have signed a ‘Protocol of Intention‘ whereby Russia has agreed to ‘open its doors’ to St. Lucians and the delighted islanders can now expect science and technology scholarships at Russian universities and other such gifts.

As reported by Caribbean 360, the island’s Minister of External Affairs, International Trade and Investment, Rufus Bousquet said: “This protocol of intention allows us to move in the multilateral arena and to hold discussions in terms of improving our bilateral relations…of course it also includes a clause which allows us to put high level experts to hold discussions on matters of mutual interest…..We understand that Russia has a very strong academic record in the areas of engineering and I am sure that there will be many St Lucians who would like to take advantage of that expertise”.

Caribbean 360 reports that Russia’s Ambassador designate to St Lucia, Victor Zotin, had responded: “I hope very much that the other steps will follow this document and we shall develop a relationship between our two states.  We are interested in developing all round relations with your country: education, investments and tourism which is very important for your country. I hope very much that more and more Russians will come to your beautiful island of St Lucia”. He also said that Russia will co-operate in initiatives to increase tourist visitors from Russia to the island.

Russia and St. Lucia has entered into diplomatic relations in 1979 after the island declared its independence from Britain. Saint Lucia is an independent island on the eastern side of the Caribbean Sea boundering the Atlantic Ocean.[3] It is near the other Caribbean islands of St. Vincent, Barbados, Martinique and Dominica.  It is around 238 square miles wide and has a population of around 174,000.  It is a former British colony. It’s main industry is tourism and over 1 million tourists visit it each year, most of them American.

[Caribbean Affairs Contributor]

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