Asian cooperation becoming increasingly important for Russia — Putin

Russia attaches great importance to developing relations with Asia-Pacific region countries, and this cooperation can be mutually beneficial, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with students of Gymnasium No.2 in Vladivostok, commenting on their contacts with their age-mates from South Korea and other countries.

He noted that the Asia-Pacific region is developing very quickly, while no other region in the world has such economic growth rates. "That’s why we, I mean Russia, are paying increasing attention to the Asian vector of our cooperation," Putin said. He noted the importance of holding the Eastern Economic Forum attended by a great number of participants.

The president voiced confidence that to ensure the effective development of Russia’s Far Eastern regions "we need, of course, to cooperate with our neighbors, these are high-tech countries."

He particularly mentioned Japan pointing to the need to hold talks with this country on investing in the Far East region. "We can give our neighbors a lot and can get much from them," Putin said. He mentioned among large-scale and promising projects in the region the Vostochny Cosmodrome, the construction of the Zvezda shipyard and a giant oceanarium on Russky Island (Vladivostok), which is not merely a place of interest but part of a scientific center.

Putin said stopping the outflow of population from Russia Far East is currently a priority task.

The president noted that people should be attracted to the region by means of creating an effective training system for young specialists.

"It is a key task in the country today, namely, cessation of depopulation of the Far East region, including Primorsky Krai (Maritime Territory)," Putin said.

Commenting on Vladivostok’s development, Putin noted that the city changed significantly after the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit was held there in 2012.

However, despite this, "a lot has to be done to make it even more beautiful than it is today," he said.

Source: Tass Russian News Agency (via O&GLinks)
Event date: 
Wednesday, September 7, 2016