Address by H.E.Mr.Gleb A.Ivashentsov
Ambassador of the
Today’s Russia and the Russian-Korean Relations
I am glad to
be with you today here at the
This year is a
special year for
Indeed, a lot has been done in the last few years.
Our trade volume with foreign countries grew more than 5 times. More than 6 million of our citizens travel abroad every year.
Each of these figures
Last year we reached the 8,1% GNP growth which is the largest figure in 7 years.
According to the international
experts' evaluations in 2007
Large-scale projects in energy, transport infrastructure, machinery production and housing have been launched, as well as structural reforms in aircraft and shipbuilding industries. Considerable investments are drawn into automobile and railway machinery production.
State corporations with vast financial and management capabilities have been formed for the spheres considered to be most sensitive for the country. There are also some positive dynamics in agriculture.
Our children will not have to pay for our obligations as our national foreign debt has come down to 3% of GNP, which is considered one of the lowest in the world.
reserves have been accumulated which protect the country from external crisis
threats and guarantee our social obligations in the future.
and financial self-sufficiency of the country are generally ensured. As a
result of that in last two years
Last year we have also broke a 25-year record in birth rate growth – the largest number of children in 15 years were born.
Positive changes in education, science and healthcare are also taking place, the state has resumed its attention to the issues of national culture..
The democratic institutions are getting strengthened. A beneficial effect on their development is provided by the rapid expansion of our information and media space. The last four years have seen a 40-percent increase in the number of the registered print media, and an almost 2.5 fold increase in the number of electronic media outlets. But the leader for growth is without question the Internet. The number of Russians regularly using the Internet has increased more than four fold over this period and now exceeds 25 million people.
With her internal consolidation
The world has changed from what it was just a few years back. Today it is becoming not simpler, but harsher and more complicated. We are sometimes witnessing sovereignty of states and even whole regions being destroyed under the cover of battle-cries for freedom and opened society, and the growing protectionism in the most advanced countries to go hand in hand with loud declamations of free-trade and investment .
But there is no doubt that the one-polar world has failed to materialize. It was to much extent due to present regaining by Russia of her foreign policy independence as well as the appearance of new non-Western centers of global influence and growth like China, India, Brazil, etc., when for the first time in last 15 years the world order idea market is starting to experience some real competition.
An important new feature of the
situation is that the West is losing its monopoly on the processes of
globalization. Hence perhaps the attempts to present the events as a threat to the West, its values and life-style. Thus it is not accidental that in the West it
is becoming more and more in vogue to challenge
What is the reason for the anti-Russian wave then? I
do not think it is because
they cannot forgive us our Communist past. A mighty and self-confident
And in this psychological conditions the strengthening
Under such circumstances it is important to stay firm and calm, not to let anyone to draw us into expensive confrontation, including some new arms race which could exhaust our economy and damage our internal development.
Our choice is clear – we are a reliable partner for all of the international community in solving global problems. And we are interested in mutually beneficial cooperation in all fields such as security, science, energy, climate change prevention.
We are interested in the most active participation in both global and regional integration, close trade, economic and investment cooperation, promotion of high technology and its introduction into everyday life. All this corresponds to our strategic goals. And for reaching our national objectives we need peaceful, positive international agenda. That is what we will be striving for.
us now turn to
I mean the more efficient integration of that
vast area into
It is a great task but its realization will bring an even greater output. We believe that potentially the uplift of the Russian Asia’s vast territories and utilization of its natural and other resources could bring output which may be comparable or even greater than those of the development of the American West. The process will inevitably exert major influence on all civilizational processes in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.
In no other
region are our internal and external interests so interconnected as in
In that we
have already achieved a lot. Our strategic partnership with
partnership with the
two decades both
similarity of the two countries’ approaches to major international issues which
presents a substantial basis for Russian-Korean interaction. Both our countries
consistently support collective development of measures to confront modern
threats and challenges and to advance peaceful and democratic solution of
global issues based on international law in the framework of the UN. They both
oppose unilateral diktat, double standards and unjustified use of force.
We in Russia welcomed the election of
the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea, Mr. Ban
Ki-Moon as the UN 8th Secretary General. We view that as a
convincing proof of high appreciation by the international community of the
constructive role the
The Six Parties will abide in their relations by the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and generally accepted norms of international law, will respect the existing diversity of political, economic, social and cultural systems of the nations of the region, which is based upon their unique historical experience and national features.
The Six Parties will ensure the settlement of conflicts and crises through political and diplomatic means, with consideration of legitimate interests of all parties concerned. The Six Parties will refrain from the threat or use of force against each other.
The Six Parties will strive to promote better mutual understanding and mutual trust by expanding and intensifying dialogue and consultations on security matters (including joint analysis of existing and potential threats), will apply confidence-building measures and enhance military transparency. The Six Parties will focus on common interests, respect different points of view, strengthen coordination, avoid confrontation, will seek consensus through consultations.
The Six Parties will intensify cooperative actions to combat terrorism, organized crime, drug trafficking, piracy, illegal migration, the spread of dangerous infectious diseases and environmental pollution, will cooperate in alleviating the consequences of natural disasters.
The Six Parties will take efforts for greater openness and engagement among themselves in all fields of life, including development of economic cooperation, deeper understanding of each other’s cultures and traditions through dialogue, humanitarian and people-to-people exchanges.
Parties will reiterate that they are open for interaction with all interested
nations with the aim of strengthening peace and security in
settlement on the Korean Peninsula could become a major step to establishment
of a comprehensive system of collective security in the Asian Pacific Area
where a number of multilateral structures of authority have been already formed
such as the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation
(APEC), “Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD), The Conference on Interaction and
Confidence-Building Measures in Asia” etc.
like to single out the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). The SCO which
came into existence some years back as a regional antiterrorist and economic
cooperation structure comprising
The signing of the Bishkek Treaty on long-term Goodneighbourliness, Friendship and Cooperation in 2007 symbolized the beginning of strengthening political relationship between the SCO countries, as well as confirmed that the SCO is of a peaceful character and is not directed against any third countries. Among other significant results of the SCO summit one can mention the intention of its members to enhance practical interaction with the observer states in such fields as transport, power and energy, fight against drugs traffic and international terrorism.
The Russian-Korean relationship is steadily approaching today the level of comprehensive and trustful partnership. The heads of two states meet practically every year, there are active inter-Parliamentary ties, the Foreign Ministers as well as the heads of other Government Agencies maintain constant contacts. A necessary legal foundation for the bilateral cooperation has been established through conclusion of agreements on cooperation in trade, on protection of investments, on fishing, on prevention of dual taxation, on cooperation in defense technologies, in peaceful use of atomic power, on cultural exchanges etc.
Russian-Korean Joint Commission on economic, scientific and technological
cooperation functions on the Governmental level incorporating ten industry-wise
committees and sub-committees. There is practically no such sphere of human
activities in which our two countries do not interact. In addition to
cooperation on land and sea cooperation in space is now developing. On April
8th the first Korean cosmonaut
trained in the Russia Star City will be launched into space
by a Russian spaceship and in coming December at the Korea National Space Center at the Oaenaru
island in the South Cholla province, which is being built with Russia’s
assistance, the Russian-Korean boost rocket KSLV-1, capable of taking up to
The Russian-Korean trade volume has been increasing steadily. In 2007 it approached the mark of USD 15 billion thus growing 1,5 times in a single year. This is surely much less than Korean trade with some other countries, but it is the growth tendency not the nominal figures themselves that counts.
We believe that realization of joint
investment projects particularly in energy, as well as in petrochemical and
automobile industries will lead to a much bigger growth in bilateral trade. It
is in the interests of both
attention in the Russian-Korean
economic ties is given to the dialogue on
energy which is aimed at determining the guidelines of joint work in the energy
sector and strengthening the regional cooperation in energy in
“Sakhalin Energy” company developing the
natural gas deposits on Sakhalin and the “Kogas” concluded an agreement on
supply to the ROK of 1,5 million tons of liquefied natural gas from
Russian-Korean consortium with the participation of the leading Russian
company, “Rosneft”, has started its work for gas and oil exploration
It is however unreasonable to view
Russian companies provide an
important share of the ROK’s needs in fuel for nuclear power houses. There is a
weighty number of commercial agreements already concluded or under negotiation
on joint science-research and experimental projects, including those for space
exploration or aimed at production of high-tech goods in the
former lack of information on culture and arts of two countries caused by their
long separation from each other is today actively replenished by Russian and
Korean sides. Quite a number of books on the
Russian Nights festival of the Russian culture presented in September
I hope that my address will help you better understand
I would like to stress that we have no intention to use
force to take anything from anyone. We do not put our eyes on other’s
properties. We are a self-sufficient country. But we are not going to isolate
ourselves from the outside world either. We will follow independent, pragmatic and responsible policy which
will promote an image of