Moscow: Russia needs to change its
attitude towards Asia, where great opportunities exist for
cooperation with giants like India, China and Japan, a top
Russian minister said on Thursday.
"In the modern world, there is a need to change
attitude towards Asia. This is not `uncultured Asia`, but
highly developed economy, technologies, educated people.
Unfortunately, hardly anyone (in Russia) knows about Asia,"
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Borodavkin told a forum
on cooperation with Asian-Pacific nations.
Borodavkin, who looks after the Asia Desk in the
ministry, also said that there is a need to integrate Russia`s
eastern territories into the Asian-Pacific space.
"It is high-time to intensify the dialogue to
strengthen trust between the states of this region. Here we
have wide opportunities of cooperation with India, China,
South Korea and Japan," Borodavkin said.
He said President Dmitry Medvedev`s last week`s visit
to the far-eastern parts of the country, where he called for
closer interaction with the Asian-Pacific neighbours, opened a
new Asian vector in Moscow`s foreign policy.