Cardinal Parolin: Dialogue of Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches to help them feel unitySociety & Culture August 20, 8:27
Polina Dibrova, mother of three, wins Mrs. Russia 2017 beauty pageantSociety & Culture August 20, 4:41
Russian emergencies ministry plane returns from firefighting mission in ArmeniaWorld August 20, 4:39
East Ukraine conflict claimed nearly 3,000 civilian lives — ICRCWorld August 20, 1:56
Renowned Russian filmmaker Andrei Konchalovsky turns 80Society & Culture August 20, 0:48
One of seven injured in Surgut stabbing spree in critical condition — authoritiesSociety & Culture August 19, 23:51
Netanyahu expects to meet with Putin in Sochi on August 23 — Israeli premier’s officeRussian Politics & Diplomacy August 19, 22:47
Surgut attacker is identified as a local resident - investigationSociety & Culture August 19, 14:09
Combat module containing neural networks may become series in Russia in 2018 — designerMilitary & Defense August 19, 10:44
SOCHI, October 23. /TASS/. Russia is strengthening its partnership with Asia-Pacific countries along with developing European ties, not instead of them, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on the sidelines of the Valdai International Discussion Club on Thursday.
“We have never pretended that our ties with the East and with the Asia-Pacific region are developing instead of ties with Europe and the West as a whole,” Lavrov told leading international experts debating Russia's role in the world.
“We announced long ago that our interaction, including in the economic sphere, with Asia Pacific states and participation in regional integration processes are top priority issues in our foreign policy, and are closely linked with implementing efforts aimed at an upswing in developing the Far East and Eastern Siberia,” he said.
“Now that our European and American partners alongside Australia and New Zealand have taken a decision to come forward with a range of unilateral illegal measures of economic cohesion, we continue — even more intensely — to move in the eastern direction for quite understandable reasons,” he added.
“But we are doing it in parallel with strengthening ties with Europe, not instead of them. We would prefer our European direction not to lose momentum though we have lost it due to the European Union’s stance,” Lavrov said.