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Lavrov: Russian-Indonesian strategetic partnership continues to grow

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MOSCOW, Russia – Russian-Indonesian relations have reached the level of strategic partnership, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a meeting with his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi on Tuesday, TASS reported.

“Our countries are cooperating in the trade-economic, military-technical and humanitarian spheres. In general, we believe that our relations have entered the level of strategic partnership,” he said, stressing that dialogue is regularly conducted at the high and top levels.

“This is a good chance to hold such negotiations on all bilateral issues and the issues of the bilateral agenda that may become the theme of joint activity in the United Nations and in the Pacific Rim with regard to Russia’s active participation in the events organized by ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations),” Lavrov noted.

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Retno Marsudi has high hopes forproductive discussions with her Russian partners.

“Today, I hope very much to discuss the issues of bilateral relations, as well as of the international agenda,” Marsudi said.

“We are very happy because relations are developing, and this visit is chiefly aimed at bolstering economic relations between our countries, because our country is one of the largest economies in the East Asian region,” the Indonesian foreign minister said.

Elsewhere away from Russian-Indonesian bilateral relations, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday in his speech at the Russian Foreign Ministry’s MGIMO university, that Ankara has no desire to use the S-400 anti-aircraft missile defense system against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria or other countries, and rather just to defend their own territory from threats. Further details can be read here.

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