Russian Ambassador to Nepal H.E. Dr. Sergey Vasilievich Velichkin at the “Face to Face” interaction program on “Prospects of Nepal-Russia cooperation” at the Reporters’ Club Nepal
(December 7, 2011)
On Wednesday, 7 December Ambassador of Russia to Nepal was the chief guest at the press conference for the leading
Nepalese media organized in the Capital by the Reporters’ Club Nepal and described the current state and prospects of
bilateral relations between the two countries.
Dr. Sergey V.Velichkin elaborated that despite the well-known processes of internal transition affecting the
dynamics of their relationship, Russia and Nepal had vividly demonstrated that the two countries are eager to
reintroduce more substance to the time-tested framework of their cooperation.
The historic meeting of the Prime Ministers of Russia and Nepal in the margins of the world Tiger Summit in
Saint-Petersburg on October, 24 2010 signified an all important practical breakthrough in revitalizing high-level
contacts between the two countries. Later on, the first-ever visit by a delegation of the State Duma (lower house) of
the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation led by its Deputy Speaker Mr. Valery A.Yazev to Nepal held between 23-27
of March 2011 provided a veritable coup in the field of parliamentary exchanges at a highly important juncture of
Nepalese constitutional development.
In a follow-up of the visit further contacts between the two sides have taken place. In early July Mr. Valery
A.Yazev hosted in Moscow an expanded meeting of representatives of business circles and government officials of Russia
and Nepal on economic development and potential investments in Nepalese projects.
Of particular importance was the celebration of the 55th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations
between Russia and Nepal on July 20, 2011 which coincided with the 6th Non Resident Nepali Regional Conference in
Moscow on “Strengthening NRN Network – Promoting Nepal” which gathered 417 participants from 25 countries. The NRN
conference was presided over by the then visiting Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal Rt.
Hon. Mr. Upendra Yadav, who later met the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Mr. Andrey
Denisov and Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation Mr. Vyacheslav Lebedev. A special feature of this
visit was the inauguration of the Nepal House, an emblem of Nepal-Russia friendship, by Rt. Hon. Mr. Upendra Yadav
amidst a special function held with the participation of Deputy Governor of Kaluga Region of Russia Mr. Vladimir
Potemkin. The Nepal House is a part of “the Global Village” some 100 kilometers south from Moscow. Finally, during
Nepalese governmental delegation’s stay in Moscow a cooperation agreement between the Russian Chamber of Commerce and
Industry and Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry was signed by their presidents Mr. Sergey Katyrin
and Mr. Suraj Vaidya correspondingly.
Ambassador Velichkin briefed the media representatives on the working visit of prominent deputies belonging to all
major factions of the Constitutional Assembly of Nepal to Russia late September. The visit was focused on comparative
study of Russia’s court system architecture and its running. He noted with satisfaction that discussions between the
representatives of the CA and Russian judiciary establishment were held in an atmosphere of mutual respect and
businesslike genuine interest to each other’s experiences as well as to available opportunities for expanding bilateral
The Russian envoy welcomed the recent efforts of political parties towards completing the peace process and
preparation of the new constitution of the country: “The latest development seen in the sectors of peace and
constitution in Nepal has augured well that the transition will soon end, creating a conducive environment for the
well-being and prosperity of the Nepali people”.
Dr. Sergey V.Velichkin also suggested that Nepal should adopt a unique federal structure with due reflection of the
country’s historical, geographical, cultural and political features.
The event elicited a vivid response in the media.
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