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23-th session of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum: Russia has a great potential for cooperation with each country of the APR

The 23 session of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum was held. The session was held in the capital of Ecuador and united more than 20 countries of the APR. From Russia, the delegation of the Federation Council headed by Valentina Matvienko, the chairman of the Federation Council, took part in the forum.

Commenting on the 23 session of the APPF in Ecuador, Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs, said: “There are no obvious leaders or obvious outsiders in the APPF. Here, everyone is equal and everyone respects each other's point of view. This is a dialogue of equal participants ".

The delegation of the Federation Council presented three draft final declarations: on economic cooperation, interregional interaction and security. In general, the position of the delegation of the Federation Council, according to the parliamentarian, lies in the fact that the harmonious development of international relations and security does not tolerate diktat and inequality. “Reaching consensus is a difficult process, but solutions can only be sustainable if they coincide with the interests of the international community”- explained Konstantin Kosachev.

Gabriela Rivadeneira, chairman of the Ecuadorian National Assembly, also stressed in her opening remarks that no country in the world is able to solve the problems that have arisen in the world, and today instead of the existing hegemonic one-sided model, an alternative multipolar model of the world's development is needed. Most of the delegations participating in the forum, in the opinion of Dmitry Azarov, chairman of the Federation Council Committee on the Federal System, share this position about the danger of a unipolar world. The parliamentarian is sure: "A balanced, respectful foreign policy of the Russian Federation finds a warm response in many countries of the Asia-Pacific region".

This is confirmed by the numerous agreements that the Russian delegation managed to reach as a result of participation in the forum. Thus, an Agreement was signed on the development of inter-parliamentary cooperation between the Federation Council and the National Assembly of the Republic of Nicaragua. Valentina Matvienko also discussed ways to deepen and expand cooperation between Russia and the Republic of Ecuador with President of Ecuador Rafael Correa. The President of the Senate of Malaysia expressed his readiness to strengthen all-round cooperation with Russia. In particular, he noted the prospects for expanding cooperation in the field of economics, technology, the humanitarian sphere, primarily tourism and education. "Russia and Latin American countries have serious prospects for the development of relations in the political and economic spheres, in the field of energy, security, high technologies and agriculture ", - Dmitry Azarov emphasized.

In general, according to Dmitry Azarov, Russia has spheres with each APR country in which there is great potential for cooperation. He also noted that “today a lot of work is being done, including at the legislative level, to harmonize legal norms, which will provide comfortable conditions for business development within the Asia-Pacific region ".

At the same time, US parliamentarians did not participate in the ATPF session. Ignored the US this forum is not the first time, as, indeed, and other sites, for example, the meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

As Konstantin Kosachev, the head of the international committee of the Council of Federation, believes, this situation develops because, "That they are uncomfortable here, they have to reckon with the opinion of other countries, with the opinion of other delegations, and they simply are not used to it."

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