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Russia to develop ties with Asia-Pacific states more actively

August 07, 2014, 10:59 UTC+3 BANGKOK

"For us, the Asia-Pacific region is becoming particularly important in the current geopolitical situation," Deputy Foreign Minister Vasily Nebenzya said

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BANGKOK, August 07. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia will develop more actively relations with countries in the Asia-Pacific region amid geopolitical processes and Western sanctions, Deputy Foreign Minister Vasily Nebenzya told ITAR-TASS on Thursday.

“For us, the Asia-Pacific region is becoming particularly important in the current geopolitical situation. We do not intend to abandon co-operation with our traditional partners, though they are doing much themselves to curtail, freeze and impose sanctions on this co-operation. However, we have always faced a task to diversify our economic activity. Now with due account of the current situation we will work on this more actively,” he noted.

Nebenzya also said with confidence that Asia-Pacific states would be interested in new projects which were being implemented at Russia’s initiative. “The recent BRICS summit in Brazilian city of Fortaleza involving such large Asia-Pacific economies as Russia, India and China was successful with agreements establishing a currency reserves pool and a development bank with $200 billion total capital. Certain, this initiative is not an alternative to current international financial and currency system, but I am convinced that this step will play its important role in the region,” the deputy foreign minister said.

Vasily Nebenzya participates in an annual session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in Thailand’s capital, Bangkok. Forum events at ministerial level from regional countries begin on Thursday. Twelve resolutions, including two of them developed involving Russia, are expected to be adopted at the ESCAP session. These documents concern fulfillment of the decisions taken at the first Asian and Pacific Energy Forum under the UN aegis which was held in Russian far eastern city of Vladivostok on May 27-30, 2013 and fulfillment of the Russia-initiated regional agreement on dry ports, multifunctional transport complexes. China supported Russian resolution in the transport industry. “The West is no less interested in implementation of this program than the East. This is unprofitable for them to oppose development of transport infrastructure,” Nebenzya commented on Western partners’ possible opposition to fulfill Russia’s ESCAP initiatives. “Not main countries playing a role in this commission impose sanctions on Russia,” the deputy foreign minister added.

At an ESCAP session Nebenzya will hold meetings with the commission leadership and officials from several regional countries on Thursday. “I will meet with a Pakistani minister to discuss a project to build a power line from Kyrgyzstan to Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan. I also plan to meet with the prime minister of Tonga [a Polynesian island sovereign state in the Pacific]. Island states are new partners for us, as we started expanding our relations with them not long ago,” Nebenzya said.

ESCAP is a regional UN commission having the largest geographical and demographical scale with a head office in Bangkok. The UN agency brings together 62 countries with a 4.1 billion population or more than 60% of world population. Russia is an ESCAP member since its foundation in 1947 and is one of largest donor states of this organization now.

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