Philippines & Russia

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Philippines & Russia


(Remarks delivered at a meeting with the press at Russian Ambassador's residence, November 17, 2010.)MANILA, Philippines - During my tour of duty as Ambassador of the Russian Federation in the Republic of the Philippines, my efforts will be aimed at consolidating bilateral ties and enriching them with new substance for the betterment in future. I am confident our countries deserve it.I see considerable prospects for continuous intensification of our cooperation in the international arena - first of all in the United Nations for the cause of strengthening its central role as coordinator in world affairs, exploring answers to the burning problems of the modern world, countering new challenges and threats, as well as in other important regional organizations and forums such as ASEAN, ARF, APEC, establishing new regional architecture. The Philippines' support for Russia's accession to East Asia Summits and ASEM opens up more opportunities for our interaction.I would like to draw special attention to the 2nd Russia-ASEAN Summit in Hanoi. The joint document that was adopted at the end of the summitwill shape the future of the relations between Russia and ASEAN, with the notable participation of the Philippines, the Russian Federation, and their leaders - you, Mr. President, and President Dmitry A. Medvedev.Particular emphasis is being made on facilitating the emergence of a new regional architecture, consolidating the ASEAN Community, promoting multi-faceted cooperation in trade and economy, science and technology, tourism and culture, and emergency response.I would like to impart additional impetus to inter-parliamentary contacts, exchanges between political parties, political experts and non-governmental organizations, to outline a common direction to the discussions on the ways to the better and more effective democracy in our countries.As I see it, development of trade and economic relations, launching of important business projects, building up cooperation between Russia and Philippines in the spheres of energy, peaceful nuclear energy, transportation, communications, infrastructure development, military exchanges and military technical cooperation, and business contact are an important part of my mission. I will pay much attention to diversifying bilateral trade and expanding its volume. …

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