Russia as a Eurasian state proceeds from the preservation and strengthening of its positions in the world, the implementation of its national and political interests depending on the strength of its positions in the Asia-Pacific region. This is said in a message of greetings that Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov sent Tuesday to the participants in a conference devoted to Russia's contacts with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and the Asia-Pacific Region. The Russian foreign minister recalled that this position is reflected in the country's new foreign-policy concept. In Igor Ivanov's opinion, Russia, now being at the stage of deep-going internal reforms, is interested in preserving a stable and predictable situation in the Asia-Pacific region as well as in its economic development. Moscow proceeds from all this being conducive to the creation of propitious conditions for an economic rise of Russia as a whole and especially its Siberian and Far Eastern regions. Bearing in mind that the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation ranks among the most influential organisations in the world, the Russian leadership is going to step up efforts aimed at expansion of trade-economic cooperation with all countries of the region, stressed the Russian minister.
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