Minister Pierre Arcand meets the new Consulate General of Russia posted to Montréal
Mr. Isakov (left) and Mr. Arcand meet in Montreal. Photo: Philippe Renault
The Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Pierre Arcand, met the new Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Montréal, Alexey V. Isakov. The meeting focused on Québec-Russia relations and the possibilities for developing them further, especially in the cultural and educational arenas.
The Minister took the opportunity to mention to the Consulate that this year marks the 10th anniversary of Québec’s presence in Moscow through the Moscow-Québec Centre. The Centre was created through an agreement between Université Laval and the University of Social Sciences in Moscow with support from the Ministère des Relations Internationales. In its ten years of activities, the Centre has given many Russian and Québec students an opportunity to complete exchanges, helped organize symposia and enabled the creation of a Québec Studies Program at the University of Social Sciences.
Finally, the Minister informed the Consulate General of his intention to visit Russia in the spring in order to discuss concrete possibilities for developing relations with the country.