H.E. Mr Alexander ORLOV was accompanied for the occasion by Mr Claude PALLANCA, Honorary general consul of the Federation of Russia to Monaco. After being welcomed in the Cour d'Honneur of the Palace by the Company of Carabinieri guard of honour under the command of Colonel Yannick Bersihand, Senior Commander of the Police Force, Ambassador Alexander ORLOV was taken to the Hall of Mirrors by H.S.H the Prince's Chamberlain, Colonel Luc Fringant, with Mr Claude PALLANCA.
H.E. Mr Alexander ORLOV then proceeded to present his Credentials to H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince who was accompanied by the Secretary of State, Mr Jacques Boisson, Head of H.S.H the Prince's Government, Mr Georges Lisimachio and H.E. Mr Franck Biancheri, Government Counsellor for External Relations and for International Economic and Financial Affairs. After the ceremony, H.S.H the Prince held a private audience with the Ambassador in the family drawing room.
The Principality of Monaco and Russia established diplomatic relations on 10th April 2007. H.E. Mr Alexander ORLOV, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia, replaces H.E. Mr AVDEEV, appointed Minister for Culture in the PUTIN Government.
Although the two countries are confronted with challenges on totally different scales, real and varied areas of cooperation exist between them. There is a genuine tradition of cultural cooperation between the two countries. On a political level, Russia supported Monaco's application to the Council of Europe and plays an important role in the process of monitoring this membership.
The environment appears to be a future development cooperation area and the humanitarian domain is also a new field for cooperation, notably in terms of child protection.