Xinhua recently reported that Russian President Putin approved a new foreign policies framework. Traditionally a newly elected Russian president always develops a foreign policies framework as a guide for his term of service. According to an official document released on the Presidential website, developing friendly relationships with China and India is the most important direction Russia is taking. The document expressed the belief that the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is having a bigger and bigger constructive impact on the Asia-Pacific region. Russia is planning to strengthen the “comprehensive strategic partnership” relationship with China. This indicates the active development of cooperation in all areas. The new policies also stated that Russia intends to cooperate with the United States in some areas, with the condition that the U.S. will not interfere with other nation’s internal affairs.
Source: Xinhua, February 17, 2013