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ASEAN-Russia: Sharing a strategic future

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 9, 2019   /  01:06 pm
ASEAN-Russia: Sharing a strategic future Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during a group photo at the ASEAN-Russia Summit in Singapore. (Reuters/Edgar Su)

Last November, Russian President Vladimir Putin and the leaders of ASEAN member states met in Singapore to make a historic decision on elevating the ASEAN-Russia Dialogue Partnership to a strategic level. Is it just a symbolic gesture or does it have material substance? To answer this question, one has to look at it in the context of specific issues of the two parties’ cooperation and prevailing trends in the global and regional situation.

First of all, this decision once again underlined the important, stabilizing role ASEAN-Russia relations play in this time of global volatility, political and economic turbulence, growing competition between major international players, rising protectionism and unilateralism, spreading terrorism as well as other transboundary threats and challenges. 

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