Russia’s foreign policy priority: Ties with BRIC nations
Moscow: Development of "multi-faceted" ties with the BRIC group of nations, including India and China, will be Russia`s foreign policy priorities, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday.
"Development of multi-faceted cooperation with China and our other partners in BRIC will remain Russia`s foreign policy priority," Lavrov said, summing up last year`s Russian diplomatic activities at his annual press conference here.
Deepening strategic partnership with the European Union and strengthening privileged partnership with the former Soviet republics clubbed in the CIS under Russia`s rotating presidency this year were also named among the priorities of Moscow`s foreign policy.
He said Moscow`s assessment of global policy trends last year proved to be mostly accurate, with the world becoming more multi-polar over 2009.
"Not everything was smooth, but the Foreign Ministry did its job on the international arena well," Lavrov underlined.
According to him this year`s plan prepared by his ministry, will continue to pursue the goal set by President Medvedev, namely to support modernisation of the country.
This includes conflict resolution, crisis management, better protection of Russian business interests abroad, and humanitarian efforts.
"We are in the same boat," Lavrov said noting that international events of 2009 led to a positive outcome and helped to form an uniting agenda for the world community, which includes non-proliferation of WMD, fighting global terrorism, drug trafficking and piracy.