US Consul in Russia says it has become “advanced and strong”


February 6 , 2018 – FRN – 

RIA  – translated by Inessa Sinchougova

Carter brought his dog Nellie with him to Russia, whom he got while living in Sri Lanka – “but she much prefers the climate in Russia.”

The new US Consul General to Ekaterinburg, Dr. Paul M. Carter, believes that since the time of Leonid Brezhnev, Russia has changed a lot and has become “advanced and strong.”

“There is a very big difference between Brezhnev’s time, and what it is today – I could not even imagine how much Russia could change, how advanced and strong it would become,” Carter told RIA News.

The diplomat stressed that he had been interested in Russia for a long time.

“I came here for the first time as a tourist in 1983. Then in 1985-1986, I came back through an exchange programme of the Council for International Research and Exchanges, with my wife and daughter.

We lived in one of the high-rises belonging to Moscow State University. I was engaged in science and saw with my own eyes, what the real Soviet system is. Then again, 15 years later, I came to work at the US Embassy in Moscow from 2000 to 2003. This was a new post-Communist country – I saw a lot of changes. 

And now I’m back – another 15 years have passed, it seems that this is the rhythm of my trips to Russia! Again, I see that the country has changed even more,” the Consul General said.

“I’m watching how it adapts to modern realities, through inherited industries and completely new enterprises.”

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