Address by H.E.Mr.Gleb A.Ivashentsov
Ambassador of the
at the Sung
I would like to thank the
The growing demand for Russian
products at the international market secured us huge currency reserves which
made it possible to launch priority national projects in education, health,
agriculture and housing. Our people welcome economic progress and growing
well-being. The healthy investment climate stimulates the growth of the middle
class as well as foreign investments. In 2006 the net inflow of foreign capital
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.
Russia’s rich educational, scientific and creative heritage gives our country clear advantages for creating a competitive economy based on knowledge and intellect, an economy driven not by the rate at which natural resources are exploited, but above all by the ability to come up with new ideas and intentions and introduce them more rapidly than others into everyday life.
We have prepared the conditions for implementing precisely this strategy. The necessary laws have been passed and the necessary structures have been established.
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With her internal consolidation
Earlier than many,
In the world as a whole forces are gaining momentum that are keen to see a powerful and sovereign Russia, powerful inter alia with the skill to “play in team” promoting the principles of multilateralism in the world politics and establishing a more just and democratic system of international relations.
The world has changed from what it was just a few years back. Many things have got cleared up. The main of them is that the one-polar world has failed to materialize. And it could not as the military, political, financial, economic and other resources were not sufficient for empire building in the conditions of globalization.
One-sided and forceful reactions have led to growing of conflicts in the world politics, the new problems overlapping the old ones what actually plays the mechanics of widening the conflict space in the world politics. The alternative to such a situation could be provided through multilateral leadership in the world politics and by building of a multipolar world order.
We do not view multipolarity as aimed at confrontation. That is a competition inter alia for natural resources. That has always been there and there is nothing fatal in it. It is competition which determines the prospects of the modern international relations including guiding lines for values and models of development. But it is not confrontation.
There is the new feature in the situation which 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.
What we need it is on one hand the rejection of the attempts to reideologize and to remilitarize the international relations and on the other-strengthening the multilateralism and the rule of the international law.
It is a main element of the present reality that the world should become free and all states should get an opportunity to take their own decisions according to their own understanding of their national interests in the new conditions. Neither bloc nor ideological discipline would now work automatically although there are attempts to replace it with the solidarity of one civilization against all other ones.
The uncertainty regarding the future
world order was to much extent connected with the weakening of
It has largely helped for the first time within last fifteen years to create a really competitive environment at the market for ideas of world order adequate to the modern stage of the world development. The establishment of new global centers of influence and growth as well as more equal distribution of development resources and of control over natural riches do lay a material foundation for a multipolar world order.
Those and other factors in their complexity have preconditioned the coming transition to a new stage of the world development. The counter action to modern threats and challenges remains an objective basis for a broad international cooperation. The multilateral diplomacy acquires a due recognition as an efficient instrument of regulating international relations at global and regional levels. The role of the UN with her unique legitimacy is growing.
Our foreign policy is in full consonance with the present stage of our internal development. It is confirmed by a broad public accord on the main foreign policy issues.
It has become somehow in vogue these
days in certain quarters to present to
I would like to especially dwell on a thesis which is nowadays propagated with enforced efforts that the President of Russia in his recent speeches allegedly raised the wave of anti-American rhetorics with an intention to start a new “Cold War”.
But all the things which Putin said
in February at the Security Conference in
Putin as many others thinks that the world cannot exist in the conditions of one power’s diktat. History has shown that many tried that but none succeeded. In the same way the one-sided actins of the recent years in Iraq for example have not led to the settlement of any problems but have aggravated those problems and created new hot-beds of tension.
In response to the Western verbal
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us now turn to
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 results 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.
other region are our internal and external interests so interconnected as in
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In that we have already achieved a
lot. The year of
The partnership with the
Within last decades both
Similarity of the two countries’ approaches to major international
issues, such as formation of the new, multi-polar world order with the key role
for the UN, non-acceptance of diktat in inter-state relations, counteraction to international terrorism and
proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and promotion of global energy
security presents a substantial basis for our interaction. We in Russia welcome
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
the convincing proof of high appreciation by the international community of the
constructive role the
The aggravation of the nuclear
problem of the
We believe therefore that all work on
settlement of the nuclear issue of the
We believe that the growing process of the inter-Korean rapprochement will help strengthening peace, stability and cooperation on the Korean Peninsula and in the Northeast Asia as a whole and will provide a new political impetus to the work on settlement of the nuclear issue of Korea as well as to the normalization of the DPRK’s relations with the key regional powers.
We hope that it will also facilitate the practical implementation of the large-scale tripartite partnership projects of Russia and North and South Korea, such as the international railway corridor “Europe-Korea” and the programs of creating in the Northeast Asia an integrated electric power grid as well as a net of pipelines connected with the regions of the Eastern Siberia and the Russian Far East.
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The developments of the
On one hand the denuclearization of the
On the other hand the Six-Party talks represent a case of a multilateral decision-making on a hottest international issues which is utterly important in the present world conditions. It is on such basis only and not by one-sided forceful reactions that we could today stabilize the disbalanced system of international relations and help its deideologization and demilitarization.
The 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.
I would like to single out the
Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which had its summit meeting last week
in Bishkek, the capital of Kighizia. The SCO which came into existence some
years back as a regional antiterrorist
and economic cooperation structure uniting
The SCO’s activities draw a
tremendous interest form other countries
and regions including
The signing of the Bishkek Treaty on long-term Goodneighbourliness, Friendship and Cooperation signaled the beginning of strengthening political relationship of the SCO countries, as well as confirmed that it 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 trafficking and international terrorism.
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The Russian-Korean partnership 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.
The 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.
In 2008 the first Korean cosmonaut trained in
The Russian-Korean trade volume has been increasing steadily. In 2006 it
approached the mark of USD 10 billion. This is surely much less than Korean
trade with some other countries, but it is the growth rate not the numbers
themselves that counts. The trade volume between our countries has grown 3,5
fold since 2000. 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
The Russian-Korean Joint Action plan
was adopted during President Putin’s working visit to the
A special attention in the Action
plan 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 the
Starting from 2012-2013 Russia is
planning to supply to the
In addition to that the “Sakhalin
Energy” company developing the natural gas deposits on Sakhalin and the “Kogas”
concluded an agreement on supplies to the ROK of 1,5 million tons of liquefied
natural gas from
A Russian-Korean consortium with the
participation of the leading Russian company, “Rosneft”, has been formed for
gas and oil exploration on the
It is however unreasonable to view
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
The goals of the Russian foreign
policy are clear and simple. These are to create favorable external conditions
for safe and comfortable life of the people of
We do not close our eyes to the remaining disagreements, to double standards and relapses of the bloc thinking. But it is not those issues determining the main directions of the international developments. What is really sounding it is those factors which unite the world community, not otherwise.