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Prabowo’s Moscow mission

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    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 6 2020   /  01:00 am
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, speaks to Indonesian President Joko Widodo during a signing ceremony after their meeting in Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Putin hosted leaders of several nations of Southeast Asia for a Russia-ASEAN summit. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Amid the diminishing might and global influence of the United States, especially under President Donald Trump, and in the middle of tension in the South China Sea and the COVID-19 pandemic, Indonesia should intensify bilateral and multilateral relations with major powers. These include Russia, whose prominence in military and technology has shaped it as a key player in the international political landscape. Indonesia is aware of the geopolitical shift and the need to boost ties with Russia, which is why Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto has visited Moscow twice within a span of five months. The relationship between the two countries has continued to flourish, especially in the economic, political, defense and cultural fields, at least in the last two decades. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has twice held talks with President Vladimir Putin since 2016, and the two leader...