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OTTAWA, June 13 (Itar-Tass) —— Canada-Russia cooperation brings tangible results for people in both countries, Canadian Foreign Minister John Russell Baird said at the Tuesday reception at the Russian Embassy in Ottawa dedicated to the 70th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations.
Russia and Canada established diplomatic relations on June 12, 1942, the minister said. Bilateral relations continue to develop 70 years later in the world, which has changed beyond recognition, he said. Being Arctic neighbors and trade partners, Russia and Canada have achieved such a level of bilateral relations, which bring tangible results for both peoples, and partnership at the G8, the G20 and the APEC, which is currently presided by Russia, adds to these relations, he noted.
Russia and Canada closely interact in the Arctic Council, Baird said. He thinks they should give more attention to trade, which will strengthen the national prosperity and create jobs and new possibilities. Russia has recently completed the accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), and that will contribute to the growth of bilateral trade, the minister said.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will visit Russia soon. Russia will play host to the APEC Vladivostok summit in September, and Canada plans to discuss bilateral relations on the summit sidelines, he said.
About 300 representatives of the Canadian government, parliament, business and academic communities and Russian compatriots residing in Canada attended the reception.
“This is a great day. We are celebrating not only the Day of Russia but also the 70th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations,” Russian Ambassador to Ottawa Georgy Mamedov said.
“The relations were established in an extremely difficult period – summer 1942. The Stalingrad Battle had not begun, and the landing of allies in Normandy had not been even planned. The establishment of diplomatic relations was a demonstration of support and confidence that we would defeat Nazi Germany together. We have a dynamic relationship nowadays. We are the two biggest countries on the planet and we have colossal resources – not only oil and gas but also drinking water, clean air and many other resources the world needs so much. The two countries play a leading role in the opposition to global economic problems, environmental pollution and bloodshed in certain regions. Canada admits 200,000 immigrants per year, and Russia does the same. It is much easier to solve problems together,” he said.