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Summit Russia - ASEAN: Friendship and Hydrocarbons

According to central media, the anniversary Russia-ASEAN summit in Sochi was held in an atmosphere of friendship and mutual understanding. This was stated by President Putin. All participants in the summit showed willingness to join efforts in the economy and in matters of security. The event cost 1,36 billion rubles. Following the meeting, a Comprehensive Action Plan for the development of cooperation on 2016-2020 was adopted. and some other documents.

Summit Russia - ASEAN: Friendship and Hydrocarbons

Recall in the ASEAN involved 10 states: Brunei, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines. Representatives of all the listed countries, except the Philippines, arrived at the current event (elections were held there and the president was replaced).

As noted by "Russian newspaper"The participants of the event paid special attention to the economy. Moscow suggested thinking over the idea of ​​a free trade zone between EurAsEC and ASEAN. The idea of ​​partnership between EurAsEC, SCO and ASEAN aroused interest.

WG announces the statement of the Prime Minister of Laos (now this country is chairing ASEAN). He dispelled rumors about external "pressure": he said that no one pressed upon the ASEAN countries so that their representatives would not come to Sochi.

For the summit, Moscow prepared a “road map”: 57 projects that are aimed at forming joint technological and innovative alliances. ASEAN countries require hydrocarbons and electricity, and Russia, of course, is ready to meet demand.

Also, President Putin spoke about the stability of the Russian economy and the passage of the "bottom of the crisis." “Our economy has proved its stability in the conditions of unfavorable external conjuncture,” RG quotes Putin. “The bottom of the crisis in 2015 can be considered as passed.”

Also discussed the topic of tourism. Putin expressed the hope that the situation in the countries of traditional recreation of Russians normalizes. It was also about the possibility of direct flights between the cities of Russia and the resorts of ASEAN countries.

“Actually, I really liked this meeting,” the Russian leader admitted. “It seems to be festive in nature ... but it was very useful and very substantive, because we discussed specific areas of cooperation, and even more, specific projects.”

International Orientalist Vladimir Zakharov, author of the publication on the site TASSHe believes that the third Russia-ASEAN summit fixed the completion of an important stage in the formation of trust relations both at the level of the “bilateral” and at the level of the multilateral format Russia-ASEAN. The summit also formulated an agenda for the future. The event resulted in the adoption of the Sochi Declaration, the Comprehensive Action Plan for the development of cooperation for 2016-2020, the report of the Russia-ASEAN group of eminent persons. The President of Russia held talks with each of the heads of delegations, mentioning the political and economic interests of an important, but Chinese, player who was not in Sochi.

Before the summit, the Kremlin’s position regarding the territorial dispute in the South China Sea, where the interests of China and the members of ASEAN intersect, was clarified: it was emphasized that the regional countries themselves should resolve the contradictions.

The analyst notes that the coordination at the UN, APEC and the G20, which was announced at the summit, is becoming a new trend, which gives the RF a chance to get support in international and regional organizations and associations.

Finally, the summit marked the beginning of the development and implementation phase of the EEU free trade zone projects with Vietnam, Singapore, Cambodia, Thailand and Indonesia.

The Kremlin jumped at the visit of the leaders of Southeast Asia as an opportunity to show that Russia still has friends in the international arena, despite the "cold" conflict with the West, the agency said Reuters. On this occasion, even a special commemorative coin was minted.

The agency notes that the official agenda of the two-day summit was built around Russia's ties with ASEAN member countries, such as Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar, but the meeting was also held with an “eye” on European states and the United States. Openly talked about sanctions difficulties.

Andrei Vorobyov, the governor of the Moscow Region, who attended the summit as a member of the Russian delegation, lamented the "difficult times", that Europe and America "mostly turned away" from Russia. At the same time, he said on the sidelines of the summit, Reuters points out that "countries in Asia and the Pacific are working very actively with us."

How much did the next international event cost?

The holding of the Russia-ASEAN summit in Sochi cost 1,36 billion rubles. Half of this amount is spent on information and telecommunications equipment, the newspaper said "Vedomosti" with reference to the Center for anti-corruption policy of the Yabloko party.

The main items of expenditure on the Russia-ASEAN Summit 2016. Source: "Vedomosti"

It is indicated that almost all purchases were made from a single supplier (without a tender). No formal violations were found, since the president is entitled to conduct purchases from a single supplier.

“As follows from the procurement documents,” Vedomosti writes, “the forum guests ate more than a ton of beef and 400 kg of pork, 340 kg of pike perch, 150 kg of salmon fillet, 50 kg of eel, 30 kg of brook trout, no less than 12 kg of spawn fish . Among the products ordered for the summit, even Italian jerked ham (29,2 kg worth 41 000 rubles) was found, contrary to the sanctions. ”

Probably, such money is not wasted. Some experts considered the summit to be “informative”.

Director of the ASEAN Center at MGIMO Victor Sumsky said in an interview TASS: “It was a meaningful summit. Moreover, it is meaningful both from the point of view of the assessments expressed in connection with the common interests of Russia and ASEAN in the East Asia region and on a global scale, and from the point of view of the goals that are outlined in the cooperation of Russia and ASEAN for the near future in all areas this cooperation: in the field of security policy, trade and economic relations, humanitarian and socio-cultural contacts. ”

Noted analysts and a friendly atmosphere at the event. Not without notable statements on the reception.

“The atmosphere at the summit is friendly,” writes - The representative of Thailand distinguished himself: “We are grateful to His Excellency Mr. Medvedev for providing a very warm welcome.” Vladimir Putin laughed back. ”

Despite the large financial expenses, we add, and the utmost attention of the central media to the Sochi event, the summit did not bring any breakthrough decisions. In addition to the famous portion of boredom caused by the next mention of Russian hydrocarbons, viewers of TV channels and newspaper readers hardly got it.

Observed and commented on Oleg Chuvakin
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  1. PKK
    PKK 25 May 2016 06: 08
    It’s a very important event. Russia saves Asian countries from destruction. It takes protection. It is clear that a growing China, all these countries could be pulverized. Here, in order to limit China, this is all done. Putin rules again.
    1. Gardamir
      Gardamir 25 May 2016 07: 04
      Most often, people discuss not the article, but the first comment, however
      .Russia saves Asian countries from destruction
      1. Pasha
        Pasha 25 May 2016 18: 03
        read only the title of the article
        friendship and hydrocarbons
        and everything is clear
        1. GSH-18
          GSH-18 27 May 2016 22: 16
          Quote: Pasha
          read only the title of the article
          friendship and hydrocarbons
          and everything is clear

          All interesting remains behind the scenes request
      2. PKK
        PKK 25 May 2016 21: 24
        The funny thing is that I repeated the opinion of one of the leading political scientists of Russia, in simple terms. And loafers who do not study politics make a lot of foam here. Here we will continue to focus not on analysts, but on sensual wiseacres.
      3. PKK
        PKK 25 May 2016 21: 24
        The funny thing is that I repeated the opinion of one of the leading political scientists of Russia, in simple terms. And loafers who do not study politics make a lot of foam here. Here we will continue to focus not on analysts, but on sensual wiseacres.
    2. godofwar6699
      godofwar6699 25 May 2016 07: 37
      to RPK. so many jokes good
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    4. siberalt
      siberalt 25 May 2016 08: 32
      They were given a good snack. Now we certainly will not know the shortage of palm oil for a long time to come. laughing
      Interestingly, China is not very friendly with ASEAN countries. Again, some sort of multi-way.
      1. g1v2
        g1v2 25 May 2016 21: 23
        I’m interested in the meaning of this enumeration eaten. Oleg, if interested, I was in a store today and bought a kilogram of pork, two chicken, a can of peas, bread and 3 ice creams. Oh, I forgot - another bottle of beer, a bottle of Crimean wine and cat food. As I understand it, this should mean something since the article on VO indicates which of the guests of the country what ate and what he drank. belay
    5. Karabin
      Karabin 25 May 2016 08: 43
      Quote: PKK
      So, in order to limit China, all this is being done.

      NATO has already been restricted, ISIS was defeated, the Turks strangled their own tomatoes, it’s time to take up China on distant Thai approaches.
      Quote: PKK
      Putin is driving again.

      But what about! Great Helmsman!
    6. godofwar6699
      godofwar6699 25 May 2016 09: 59
      Quote: PKK
      Takes protection
    7. bravo-fab
      bravo-fab 25 May 2016 22: 25
      Do not be surprised by the minuses, here 99% of people on the map of the country of SEA will not indicate, and do not know how Big China behaves near the islands of Spartley and Paralesl.
      Those who are minus blindly think that China is our ally and partner, and it should not be restrained, Japan-USA-South. Korea. Australia-New Zealand-Indonesia-Japan. Malaysia-Philippines-Vietnam, they are all against the Chinese. All work to protect against the Chinese. They are not loved in any of these countries, but their money is silently accepted, for the yuan is a hell of a force.
  2. Knowing
    Knowing 25 May 2016 06: 14
    It’s necessary, to strengthen the “staked out” will not hurt; but I would not, however, classify the ASEAN countries as friends ... or rather bosom partners. IMHO. hi
  3. sa-ag
    sa-ag 25 May 2016 06: 38
    Fraternal ASEAN countries, meanwhile, Hong Kong and Malaysia raids overflow with oil storage tankers
  4. inkass_98
    inkass_98 25 May 2016 06: 48
    It would be more logical to hold such an event in Vladivostok, although it has something to do with the Asia-Pacific region. Sochi, whatever one may say, is located in the Atlantic basin.
    But once again you can click on the nose of our overseas non-brothers in Sochi.
    1. SSR
      SSR 25 May 2016 08: 34
      GDP has long been firmly settled in Sochi and the money that flows into it is doing its job. Sochi is the safest city in Russia, everywhere there are cameras and so on. GDP already holds most meetings there, it flies to Moscow.
  5. Alexander 3
    Alexander 3 25 May 2016 06: 53
    I'd like to believe that the money was not wasted.
  6. Blondy
    Blondy 25 May 2016 06: 54
    Something too much euphoria. Almost half of the ASEAN states: Brunei, Singapore (founders), Vietnam, Malaysia (negotiators), and the Philippines (show interest), are members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CCI). This is such a bargain with the free trade zone under the auspices of the United States, where in close circle they will consume privileges. Russia and China there of course - God forbid. And here in the field of grabbing energy resources is cheaper - so they have peace, friendship, chewing gum with Russia. In principle, according to this scheme, the States all the time wore us shoes in historical retrospective.
    1. sa-ag
      sa-ag 25 May 2016 07: 09
      I think hydrocarbons are not the main thing there, but friendship against China is quite
      1. gray smeet
        gray smeet 25 May 2016 14: 42
        Quote: sa-ag
        I think hydrocarbons are not the main thing there, but friendship against China is quite

        Hydrocarbons have nothing to do with it! There is so much oil in the Asia-Pacific region - that tankers are loaded as warehouses - are on the roadstead ...
        “I fly to Singapore every year for the past 15 years, but I’ve never seen such an accumulation of tankers here,” says a senior spokesman for the European oil trading company.
        Since Singapore is considered the central oil hub for the entire Asian region, the number of oil tankers located close to its shores, as well as off the coast of Malaysia, is seen as an indicator of the health of the industry. Judging by this indicator, the oil market is still not healthy: a fleet of 40 supertankers, used as floating storage facilities, is anchored off the coast of Singapore.
        The oversupply is not only preserved, it is also growing every week: these tankers contain 47,7 million barrels of oil products, mainly crude oil, which is 10% more than a week earlier. This figure was calculated on the basis of the Thomson Reuters Eikon ship charter database.
    2. Karabin
      Karabin 25 May 2016 08: 52
      Quote: Blondy
      Something too much euphoria.

      Okay. We tear everyone in foreign policy. Change for change. There is nowhere to lay down trophies. To friends and allies, the line is lined up. Everyone strives to join Putin in some sort of block. We do not have time to print rubles, the demand is very high. Soon, in Russia, partners will trample summits with their grub so that the hosts do not strain. Lavrov at airports introduces face control. And you are euphoric. Success must be shared vividly and with everyone.
  7. seti
    seti 25 May 2016 08: 07
    Probably we all understand little in such summits or events. Who comes to them, what they discuss, what are the consequences and what is going on in general. Huge amount of money was spent and the effect on the exhaust was not great. But what was said and discussed there probably is worth it; otherwise what is the point of producing such a summit. Our president does nothing for nothing. I agree that such an event is better to be held in Vladivostok and not in Sochi. Although this may have its own reason.
  8. 31rus2
    31rus2 25 May 2016 08: 34
    Dear, what do you say is a festive meeting, that's all, and to reprimand mister Vorobyov for "America and the West turned away from us", here is the efforts of politicians, showed weakness and dependence, and even would have knelt down with a sign "Well, give money"
  9. Volzhanin
    Volzhanin 25 May 2016 09: 18
    The event is useful - there can be no ambiguous interpretations here. The only thing you need to understand is that you should keep your ears open with Asians and not allow them to bargain too much.
  10. thinker
    thinker 25 May 2016 09: 18
    For this reason, a special commemorative coin was even minted.

    More precisely will be - memorable.
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  12. iouris
    iouris 25 May 2016 10: 52
    Incomprehensible fuss. For the United States, the Pacific is more important than the Atlantic. They realized this back in the middle of the XNUMXth century and successfully squeezed Russia, Germany, Britain and all-all-all out of China.
    The second world war for the USA is the war in the Pacific Ocean. So what? There is no ASEAN. There is a TTR fully controlled from Washington. The TTR is economically directed against China, and politics is a concentrated expression of the economy. They will find hydrocarbons, and the Americans will give them technology.
    1. Irbenwolf
      Irbenwolf 26 May 2016 10: 32
      Why not? In the 20th century, on the Pacific Ocean, the USSR-China very effectively put a spoke in the wheels of a "partner". Vietnam, Korea, Cambodia and other Laos. Even Indonesia was in the zone of influence of the USSR for some time. It is another matter that after WWII and the indicative flogging of the Japanese with nuclear weapons, the Pacific Ocean is considered by the "partner" as its own territorial waters. And before the collapse of the USSR, the confrontation took place mainly in the Atlantic, then it is quite reasonable to transfer it to the Pacific Ocean.

      "Partner" will have to put together a Pacific NATO (which is what it is doing). And two military alliances are like a war on two fronts. Members of different unions, even under the same roof, are easy to quarrel. Military alliances have boundaries, but economic interests do not. And now they are already shaking the throne of the emperor, so that he can resolve the issue "in fairness." The offended appear ... influence is gradually lost ...