President Mohamed Nasheed has today met with the Russian Ambassador, Mr Vladimir P. Mikhaylov.

Discussions were on strengthening bilateral ties that exist between the two countries as well as on climate change.

Ambassador Mikhaylov said that Russia was prepared to cooperate with the Maldives in finding a common solution to climate change.

He said that small countries could play a big role in the international arena and noted the President’s role in highlighting the effects of climate change.

Speaking on the Maldives’ plan to become carbon neutral, the Ambassador said some Russian companies have modern renewable technologies and that those companies were interested in investing in the Maldives.

Speaking at the meeting, President Nasheed stated that climate change was not only a Maldives issue but that in it was in fact a global issue. He further spoke on the need to work together to reach an agreement to tackle the issue.

President also said that there were many Maldivian students studying in Russian universities. He also explored the possibility of obtaining scholarships from Russia to Maldivian students.