1 Apr 2015

Russia promises Vanuatu more aid

3:27 pm on 1 April 2015

The Vanuatu foreign minister, Sato Kilman, and his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, have discussed further aid assistance at a meeting in Moscow.

Russia had sent two aircraft laden with aid to Vanuatu following Cyclone Pam and Mr Lavrov conveyed the condolences of Russia to the people of Vanuatu following the devastation.

He says Russia will seek ways to complement the other humanitarian arrangements being made and will not compete with what is being provided by Vanuatu's traditional donors.

He says Russia's approach is to work directly with the government and not through other agencies.

Both countries are also talking about a visa waiver and aid in the agriculture, energy, fisheries, tourism and education sectors.

Mr Kilman says this is the beginning of a stable and sustainable relationship.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Lausanne, Switzerland at negotiations on Iran's nuclear program. Photo: AFP