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Russia looking forward to Brunei Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2021 (2020)

Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Brunei Darussalam Vladimir Goncharenko. PHOTO: AZLAN OTHMAN

BY Azlan Othman

Brunei Darussalam’s Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2021 is an additional impetus to our common work to strengthen cooperation in all areas with the Russian Federation, said Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Brunei Darussalam Vladimir Goncharenko.

“The year of Brunei’s chairmanship is in general special for us because it is symbolic as 2021 marks 25 years of Russia-ASEAN dialogue and 30 years of diplomatic relations between Russia and Brunei Darussalam,” he said during a recent interview with the Weekend Bulletin.

“For us it will be not only a chain of joyful events but also an occasion to summarise the results of the work we have done and outline new tasks for the nearest future – both at bilateral and regional levels,” he said.

“Brunei Darussalam is our reliable and important partner in the Asia Pacific region and in the world arena. Our countries are tied with the relations of friendship and close cooperation. We expect that it will remain so,” the ambassador said. “Under the wise guidance of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang

Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Brunei pursues its independent policy based on the principles of the rule of law, justice and mutual respect in international affairs,” he said.

“We highly appreciate that we have similar approaches to the key issues of global and regional agenda. We will maintain and develop relations between our two countries,” Goncharenko said.

Asked on the change of the government in Russia which was unexpected, the ambassador said in January, Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered his traditional Annual Address to the Federal Assembly in which he formulated new goals and objectives for the new year and set an agenda for changes and renewal in the public life of the country.

During the President’s meeting with government members following the address to the Federal Assembly, Chairman of the Russian Government Dmitry Medvedev said upcoming changes would also influence the balance of power.

“Taking this into account, the Cabinet resigned to give the President an opportunity to make all the necessary decisions for this. The new Cabinet is appointed now. Many ministers kept their positions while at the same time there is also a renewal. The previous government built up a basis for the new government to fulfil the tasks set. We look forward to constructive work,” he said.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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