'Russia needs to change attitude towards Asia'
Russia needs to change its attitude towards Asia, where great opportunities exist for cooperation with giants like India, China and Japan, a top Russian minister said today.world Updated: Jul 08, 2010 21:37 IST
Russia needs to change its attitude towards Asia, where great opportunities exist for cooperation with giants like India, China and Japan, a top Russian minister said on Thursday.
"In the modern world, there is a need to change attitude towards Asia. This is not 'uncultured Asia', but highly developed economy, technologies, educated people. Unfortunately, hardly anyone (in Russia) knows about Asia," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Borodavkin told a forum on cooperation with Asian-Pacific nations.
Borodavkin, who looks after the Asia Desk in the ministry, also said that there is a need to integrate Russia's eastern territories into the Asian-Pacific space.
"It is high-time to intensify the dialogue to strengthen trust between the states of this region. Here we have wide opportunities of cooperation with India, China, South Korea and Japan," Borodavkin said.
He said President Dmitry Medvedev's last week's visit to the far-eastern parts of the country, where he called for closer interaction with the Asian-Pacific neighbours, opened a new Asian vector in Moscow's foreign policy.