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Комментарий Департамента информации и печати МИД России в связи с рабочим визитом в Российскую Федерацию Министра иностранных дел Нидерландов Х.3ейлстры  

Russian MFA Information and Press Department Commentary Regarding the Working Visit to the Russian Federation of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands Halbe Zijlstra.

On February 14, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, H. Zailstra, will pay a working visit to the Russian Federation. This is his first visit to Russia since his appointment as Foreign Minister in October 2017. The Netherlands is one of the few EU countries that has pursued a policy of limiting bilateral contacts with Russia through government members, with the exception of meetings of foreign ministers.

Russian-Dutch relations are overshadowed by the unprecedented anti-Russian campaign unleashed in the Dutch media, the bias of the Netherlands-led investigation into the wreck of the Malaysian Boeing in 2014 in eastern Ukraine, the decision of the Tribunal in the case of Arctic Sunrise, the unjust verdict of the Amsterdam court on the transfer of the exhibits "Crimea - a golden island in the Black Sea" to Ukraine, and not to Crimean museums.

At the same time, the importance of preserving channels for dialogue through the heads of foreign affairs agencies is beyond doubt. During the upcoming talks between Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov and Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs H. Zijlstra, it is planned to discuss the state of affairs in bilateral Russian-Dutch relations, which have been difficult to develop in recent years.

In 2018 the Netherlands took the place of a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. The issues related to the agenda of this important international body are of interest to both countries for possible interaction.

Over the years, the Netherlands has been an important economic partner of Russia. Nevertheless, due to the sanctions confrontation, the volume of trade fell significantly, and the Netherlands moved from the second to the third place among the main trade and economic partners of Russia ($ 32.2 billion). In recent decades, significant direct Dutch investments in the Russian Federation (42.5 billion US dollars) have been accumulated.

Despite the official line of The Hague, Dutch business is interested in developing cooperation with our country. In 2017, the 125th anniversary of the beginning of the Russian oil and gas company Shell, which today is the largest foreign investor in our economy, is participating in the Nord Stream-2, Baltic LNG and Sakhalin-2 projects.

In 2017, the Dutch-British concern Unilever, whose products are in great demand in our country, celebrated the 25th anniversary of its work in Russia. Unilever products are produced on the territory of Russia on the basis of 4 large production clusters: food products and ice cream in the Tula region, tea, cosmetic products and household chemicals in St. Petersburg, cosmetics in Yekaterinburg and ice cream in Omsk.

Concern "Philips" is involved in the modernization of Russian enterprises for the production of medical equipment.

Cultural and humanitarian ties are developing. In January 2018, in the territory of the Herede municipalities and the Oulst Veye Kingdom of the Netherlands, a ceremony was held to present a monument to Russian soldiers who liberated Holland from Napoleonic troops in 1813.

The museum "Hermitage Amsterdam", which is a branch of the State Hermitage Museum, continues its work. Currently, there is an exhibition "Dutch masters. Treasures of the Kings "(63 works from Russia).

Dutch concern Gasunie in close joint venture with Gazprom division for North Sea gas fields development and transport ...

Close Trading Ties Between Russia and Netherlands

Russian export to The Netherlands is due to gas transport from the east and re-distributed. The Dutch had one of the largest gas fields of Slochteren and has the pipeline infrastructure in place for Europe.

Gazprom and Gasunie ink MOU - 2006

April 2014 - Amsterdam hosted the annual meetings of the Coordinating Committee for Strategic Cooperation and the Coordination Committee for Sci-Tech Collaboration between Gazprom and Gasunie, chaired by Dmitry Lyugai, Member of the Management Committee, Head of the Prospective Development Department of Gazprom and Hans Coenen, Vice President for Corporate Strategy & Portfolio Management, Managing Director of Gasunie Deutschland. [Source: Gazprom]

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by Oui on Tue Feb 13th, 2018 at 01:28:35 PM EST

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