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Dmitry Medvedev: Russia is beneficial and useful to take advantage of the ATP as a center for technology and innovation
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev takes part in the VI Gaidar Forum "Russia and the World: A New Vector". The event is annually organized by the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation and the V.I. E.T. Gaidar.
The head of government noted that Russia is part of the APR, and, therefore, it is useful and profitable for us to use the advantages of this center of innovations and technologies. In support of this thesis, Dmitry Medvedev cited facts according to which about a quarter of Russian foreign trade turnover already now falls on the APR countries.
Explaining plans for the development of cooperation with the Asia-Pacific region, the Prime Minister added that, as before, special attention will be paid to the "short circuit" of cooperation with neighbors. So the Eurasian Economic Union began its work according to the plan, Armenia has already joined the troika represented by the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation. In December 2014, an agreement was signed on the accession of the Kyrgyz Republic to the Treaty on the Eurasian Economic Union. "This is a confirmation that our association as a whole is attractive and develops taking into account the interests of all its members", - Dmitry Medvedev believes.
This opinion is shared by Russian President Vladimir Putin: “Countries from other regions are also showing interest in building up cooperation with the Eurasian Union. The preparation of a draft free trade agreement with Vietnam has entered the final stage. Similar agreements are being worked out with Turkey, India and Israel. Quite recently, I told my colleagues about this, during a trip to Uzbekistan, we agreed with the President of Uzbekistan that we would start work and create a working group to work on an agreement on a free trade zone between our association and Uzbekistan. Memorandums of Understanding are being prepared with ASEAN and MERCOSUR ", - told the President of the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council:
Dmitry Medvedev also recalled that the BRICS and SCO summits will be held in Russia this year. It is planned to establish not only political interaction, but also the work of new financial institutions. Within the BRICS, this is the creation of a Development Bank and a pool of BRICS conditional foreign exchange reserves with a total volume of resources of $ 200 billion. Mechanisms for financing promising projects will also be created within the SCO. “All these are multilateral instruments for joint lending, which make it possible to implement new economic projects,” explained the Head of Government.
However, Russia does not stop there either, continuing to work in other international organizations and forums, including the G2014. So in Brisbane in XNUMX, important initiatives in the field of finance and macroeconomics were presented - Dmitry Medvedev recalled.
The VI Gaidar Forum is also attended by Deputy Ministers of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East Kirill Stepanov, Oleg Skufinsky and Maxim Shereykin. They will take part in the work of discussion platforms, and will also discuss with the forum participants their expert assessments of the work of the Ministry for the Development of the Far East, according to the official website of the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East.