St. Petersburg will welcome the first Qatar Airways flight from Doha on December 19, 2017. To celebrate the occasion, Russian Ambassador Аndrey Sergeyevich Budnik  and Qatar Airways Country Manager Jay Prakash Nair celebrated the occasion at Russian Culture Center, Kamal Pokhari, Kathmandu. The event started with a photo exhibition that displayed the rich culture of Russia. His Excellency Аndrey Sergeyevich Budnik addressed the guests and welcomed Qatar Airways to St. Petersburg. “Russian mountaineers, trekkers, and sports enthusiasts can now come to Nepal in a big way, making use of Qatar flights between Moscow and Kathmandu. Russians are interested in cultural and religious activities like yoga and meditation, too,” he said. He further added that the FIFA World cup will also boost the movement between Nepal and Russia.