East Timor–Russia relations

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East Timor–Russia relations



East Timor–Russia relations are the bilateral relations between East Timor and Russia. Neither country has a resident ambassador. Russia was one of the first countries to recognize East Timor’s independence and took part in nearly all UN aid programs, providing food and relief personnel, including civil and transport aviation pilots.[1]

Diplomatic ties

On 20 May 2002 Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an ukaz recognising the independence of East Timor, and instructed the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to establish diplomatic relations with the newly independent state.[2][3] On 24 June 2002, Alexander Vladimirovich Yakovenko of the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that following negotiations with East Timorese representatives, it was confirmed that Russia had established diplomatic relations with East Timor.[4] Russia is represented in East Timor through its embassy in Jakarta (Indonesia).[5]

Political ties

After the attempted assassination of East Timorese President Jose Ramos-Horta on 11 February 2008, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement expressing concern over developments in East Timor and called for political stability.[6][7]

Humanitarian ties

In June 2001, Russian airline TyumenAviaTrans (now known as UTair), was awarded a one-year contract to supply the United Nations Mission of Support to East Timor with helicopter support utilising the Mil Mi-26, in a contract worth US$6.5 million.[8]

See also


  1. Redchenko, Alexander (17 October 2008). "East Timors faces severe food crisis". Voice of Russia. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  2. Президент Российской Федерации. Указ №477 от 20.05.2002 «О признании Российской Федерацией Восточного Тимора и об установлении с ним дипломатических отношений». (President of RussiaUkaz #477 of 20 May 2002 On the Recognition of East Timor by the Russian Federation and on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations with It. ).
  3. "Russia Recognizes East Timor". Moscow: Xinhuanet. 20 May 2002. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  4. Заявление официального представителя МИД России А.В.Яковенко в связи установлением дипломатических отношений между Российской Федерацией и Демократической Республикой Восточный Тимор (in русский). Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 24 June 2002. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  5. Демократическая Республика Восточный Тимор (in русский). Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 23 May 2006. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  6. "Russia concerned over attack on East Timor president". Moscow: RIA Novosti. 11 February 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  7. О покушении на Президента Восточного Тимора (in русский). Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 11 February 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  8. "TAT wins $6.5 mln U.N. Timor tender". Russia Journal. 21 June 2001. Retrieved 2009-07-22.