AUCKLAND: Situation around Crimea: allegations and the reality
Thursday, 21 March 2019 at 6:00pm
Lecture Theatre [102-G36], Old Government House, Princes Street, University of Auckland

SPEAKER: Mr Igor Baiazov - Deputy Ambassador at the Embassy of Russia, Wellington

Mr. Igor Baiazov graduated from the Institute of Asian and African Studies of Moscow State University. His specialty was the history and philology of Vietnam.

In 1996 he started his diplomatic service at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. His foreign postings included Embassy in Hanoi (Vietnam) and Consulate General in Danang (Vietnam).  In May, 2018 he joined the Russian Embassy in New Zealand as Deputy Head of Mission.

Mr. Baiazov speaks English and Vietnamese. 

The Speaker's Synopsis:

March 18, 2019 was a day of the 5th anniversary of unification of Russia and Crimea. Five years ago the Crimean people exercised their right to self-determination, enshrined in the UN Charter, via a free and peaceful referendum vote in line with democratic standards.

Nowadays Crimea is one of the most dynamically developing Russian regions.

It is a big satisfaction to note the growing number of people having unbiased opinion on the situation in Crimea, and the interest in cooperating with it from foreign businesses, civil society and political circles. This trend is reflected in the ever increasing number of foreign delegations, as well as in tangible results of a wide range of international events on the peninsula.