Russian Ambassador to Rwanda, Karén Chalyan, expressed his excitement about the warm welcome he and his fellow countrymen received during his five-year stay in Rwanda.
He emphasized the mutual respect and shared beliefs in international laws that unite both nations.
Amb. Karén commended Rwanda’s stance on not interfering with other countries’ principles and sovereignty regarding human rights.
He also praised the exceptional performance of Rwandan troops and police forces during their peacekeeping missions worldwide, noting that Rwandans excelled in aviation training at military academies.
Furthermore, he highlighted the positive progress in the partnership between Russia and Rwanda in the field of nuclear energy, expected to contribute to Rwanda’s development.
Clementine Mukeka, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stated that Rwanda and Russia had been committed to fostering cooperation since 1963, resulting in significant achievements and collaboration in various areas for the benefit of their citizens, including education, energy, and peace and security.
She mentioned that Russian universities have welcomed thousands of Rwandan students who contributed to their country’s development.
Mukeka also welcomed the recent initiative where the Russian Federation would provide free online Russian language courses to Rwandan students.
Both countries have collaborated successfully in various areas, including health and the training of Rwandan healthcare professionals in Russia. They also have cooperation in countering terrorism and addressing security threats.
Trade between the two nations flourished before the COVID-19 pandemic, but it encountered setbacks in the wake of the pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Before 2020, Rwanda had imported significant quantities of cereals and fertilizers from Russia. In 2017, Rwanda’s imports from Russia were estimated at US$20 million, which increased to US$31 million in 2018.