6 Dec 2022 10:54

Russia to further bolster relations with China, India, Iran, Turkey - Kremlin aide

MOSCOW. Dec 6 (Interfax) - Russia will continue to strengthen cooperation with China, India, countries of Southeast Asia and the Middle East, Iran, and Turkey, Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov said.

"The reality is such that over the past decade, along with its traditional cooperation with partners within the Commonwealth of Independent States, Russia has been maintaining firm and friendly relations with China, has been strengthening cooperation with India, Vietnam, Indonesia and other states of Southeast Asia. Simultaneously, our ties with Iran, countries of the Middle East, Turkey, with the Arab, Muslim world in general have been intensified," Ushakov said at the Primakov Readings international forum on Tuesday.

A vivid example confirming it is that Russia's trade with these countries and regions is now confidently ahead of its trade with Europe, he said.

"Of course, we will continue making efforts to build upon these positive tendencies emerging in the construction of a multipolar world order," he said.

Russia intends to work together with its partners, "namely countries that value their sovereignty and prefer cooperation to senseless confrontation, countries that are devoid of Russophobia or all phobias in general," Ushakov said.