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ASEAN-Russia partnership has long way to go: Expert

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, March 13, 2020   /  07:17 am
ASEAN-Russia partnership has long way to go: Expert Let’s talk: President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (left) and Russian President Vladimir Putin attend a meeting on the sidelines of the ASEAN-Russia Summit in Singapore on Wednesday. Indonesia is country coordinator for ASEAN-Russia affairs beginning in 2020. (Via Reuters/Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin)

As the latest country to become an ASEAN strategic partner, Russia still has a long way to go before it can achieve substantial returns on its now two-year relationship given the country’s ambivalence toward the region, a visiting Russian international relations expert has said. At the 3rd ASEAN-Russia Summit in 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin and the leaders of ASEAN met in Singapore to commemorate the historic decision to elevate the ASEAN-Russia dialogue partnership to the level of a strategic partnership. The idea was first introduced in 2016 when Russia and ASEAN celebrated 20 years of their partnership, said Victor Sumsky, the director of the ASEAN Center at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. “It was agreed that they should be moving towards the stage where they could become a ‘strategic partnership’, but it would take som...