240 years ago, two great Stateswomen of outstanding vision and wisdom, Empress Catherine II and Queen Dona Maria I, decided to establish diplomatic relations between Russia and Portugal, thus formally connecting two great nations and two great people.
Therefore, the year 2019 is not only a year of celebration and remembrance but also of renewed relations with eyes set on the future, whether on the political, cultural or economic sphere.
Lisbon and Moscow are only over 5 hours away and the touristic flow is steadily increasing in both directions.
All the initiatives to be developed this year are encompassed in this renewed spirit of rapprochement between the Russian and Portuguese people and in the continuous mutual discovery of what unites us and fascinate us.
Paulo Vizeu Pinheiro,
Ambassador of Portugal in Russia