Russia strengthened its relations with the UAE yesterday by announcing the opening of a Consulate General of Russia in the city of Dubai. Russian newspaper Pravda reported that the instructions for opening the consulate were signed by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov.
The Russian Government Information Department said that the head of government had charged the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs with conducting negotiations with the Emirate about the establishment of a Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Dubai and, on achieving an agreement, to draw up corresponding documents.
Gulf News reported that the consulate, located on the third floor of Al Maidan Towers on Maktoum Road, was officially opened by Sergey. Y. Yakovlev, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the UAE. The ambassador explained the growing Russian community in the UAE was concentrated in the city of Dubai, necessitating a consulate: "Most of our community members are concentrated in Dubai as they are all into various established businesses. There are about 3,000 Russians living in Dubai itself. The consulate will be taking care of all the consular activities in Dubai and the Northern Emirates.”
The consulate will be headed by Mikhail Yudin, who is expected to arrive to take up residence in January 2002.
Relations between Russia and the countries of the Gulf have been warming in recent years, especially given the need for cooperation on economic issues, and the Russian views about the resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict, which are in general accord with the perceptions in the Arab countries about the need for honoring UN decisions. At the time of the announcement, the head of the Russian parliament, the Duma, was on an official visit to neighboring Qatar. (www.albawaba.com)
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