V.Sumsky. All Quiet in Kuala Lumpur: Russia–ASEAN Talks

The annual conference of ASEAN foreign ministers is much more than just a meeting of the foreign policy chiefs of ten Southeast Asian countries. The event traditionally kicks off official dialogue between colleagues who speak on behalf of the Association’s Dialogue Partners (Australia, India, Canada, China, New Zealand, South Korea, Russia, the United States, Japan and the European Union) and is followed by a meeting of 18 foreign ministers in the East Asia Summit format and a session of the ASEAN Regional Security Forum (27 participants). Bilateral contacts are also developed on the fringes of these multilateral events.


Medvedev’s Trip Reboots Thai-Russia Strategic Partnership

ASEAN Centre presents Kavi Chongkittavorn's new article about Russia-Thailand relations.

In 1897, when Siam faced imminent danger from the great colonizing powers of Great Britain and France, King Chulalongkorn went to Russia for diplomatic support to ward off the foreign predators. Since then the balance of power strategy preserved the country's independence and liberty over the past century.


Nyan Lin Htet. Strengthening Russia-Myanmar Cooperation in Education

A Comprehensive conference designated to facilitate the bilateral educational cooperation between the Russian Federation and ASEAN countries was held at Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics, and Informatics on 4th of February. Representatives from ASEAN countries’ and Russian universities participated actively in the conference which was aimed at determining concrete measures to accelerate the entry of the educational contracts containing a special mechanism to promote the relationship between two regions. The success of the conference was reflected to the fact that the countries from ASEAN organization have now signed the agreements on student exchange programs to cooperate with the Russian Federation. Apart from the cooperation between two regions, an internship student representing ASEAN Center at MGIMO University made a brief overview of the long-lasting and fast-developing Russia-Myanmar relations, which are marked with cooperation and correspond to the strategic interests of the states.


E.Koldunova. Son of a Carpenter to Lead Indonesia

Joko Widodo, Indonesia’s new president took over as the head of the largest Muslim state in the world. Tens of thousands of people rushed to the streets of Jakarta to celebrate his meteoric rise to power from the son of a carpenter to one of the global leaders. Attending inauguration ceremony, US State Secretary John Kerry pledged for Asian support in fight against Islamic State militants.

Studio guest Victor Mizin, Deputy Director of the Russian Institute of Strategic Assessment, Jouhari Oratmangun, Indonesia’s Ambassador to Moscow, and Ekaterina Koldunova, Associate Professor, senior expert of ASEAN Center, from MGIMO University, Moscow, Russia, shared their opinions with Radio VR.


V.Sumsky. Thank You, Malaysia!

Early on July 22 the two black boxes from the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 were handed over by Alexander Boroday, Prime Minister of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) to Colonel Mohamed Sakri of Malaysian National Security Council. As the latter stated that both devices were intact, they signed a document to confirm it. The world watched on TV how an official of the state that had suffered most as a result of the MH17 tragedy personally thanked for cooperation «Mr. Boroday» and his people who are called «pro-Russian terrorists» by Kiev and the West. For «terrorists», they behaved, indeed, surprisingly well. The Malaysian experts, as well as the experts of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe were given green light to conduct search and inquiry within the area of the plane’s crash. The remains of the passengers and the crew were passed to the Malaysians without any delay. All was done in line with the UN Security Council resolution N 2166 of July 22 which demands a comprehensive and independent investigation of the tragedy according to the principles and rules of the International Civil Aviation Organization.



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