Political Relations

Relations between Québec and Russia have become closer since 2008, on the heels of government missions in both directions.

Québec missions to Russia

  • St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (2009 to 2012):

    Over the years, the Russian answer to Davos has become one of the world’s leading economic gatherings. The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) draws political and economic leaders from countries across Europe and Asia and is attended by some of Russia’s most influential people, including the president himself. Given the rapid growth of the Russian market economy, the SPIEF is now a “must” for players interested in developing partnerships between Russia and the rest of the world. A delegation of Québec government ministers has taken part in the SPIEF since 2009.

  • Mission by the Premier of Québec to Russia in December 2009, aimed at supporting the development of business partnerships and investments. The Premier was accompanied by about 20 representatives of Québec companies involved in infrastructure, telecommunications and advanced technology, transportation and aerospace, energy and entertainment. Among other positive results, the mission featured the signing by the Premier of Québec and the Mayor of Moscow of a joint declaration on the creation of a joint cooperation committee, aimed at injecting new vitality into economic, scientific, cultural, educational and environmental relations between Russia and Québec.
  • September 2008 trade mission to St. Petersburg and Moscow by some 30 representatives of Québec companies and institutions, led by the Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade. Among other things, the mission was an opportunity for the participants to assess the potential for new partnerships in the fields of recreational vehicles, energy, mining equipment, infrastructure, aerospace, agri-food and fur.

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Visits to Québec by Russian dignitaries

  • Visit by a delegation from the Leningrad oblast (region) headed by the Vice Governor for International Relations, Alexander Kuznetsov. The Leningrad delegation was invited to the 59th Québec Winter Carnival.
  • Visit in April 2012 by Yegor Borisov, President of the Sakha (Yakutia) Republic, on the occasion of a meeting of Northern Forum regional coordinators.
  • Visit in August 2011 by Anton Kulbachevsky, Head of the Moscow City Government’s Department for Environmental Management and Protection. At the invitation of the Mayor of Montréal, Mr. Kulbachevsky took part in the 9th Ecocity World Summit. He took the opportunity to meet with representatives of the Québec government, Hydro-Québec, and the Montréal and Québec municipal administrations, to discuss energy efficiency and leading environmental and sustainable development issues.
  • Visit by a governmental and business delegation, spearheaded by the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, in March 2011. The delegation took part in a Québec-Russia seminar organized by the Ministère du Développement économique, de l’Innovation et de l’Exportation (MDEIE).
  • Official visit in March 2011 by Valery Serdyukov, Governor of Leningrad Oblast (Leningrad region), who was accompanied by an eight-member delegation. Meetings in Montréal, Laval, Saint-Hyacinthe and Québec City focused on advanced technology, agri-food and energy technology. The high point of the visit was the signing by the Premier of Québec and Governor Serdyukov of a cooperation agreement aimed at developing relations between Québec and Leningrad Oblast.

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