Window to Asia: What does cooperation with ASEAN mean for Russia?
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit opened in Singapore on Wednesday, in which Russian President Vladimir Putin is taking part.
A day earlier, the Russian president had a bilateral meeting with his Singaporean counterpart, Halima Jakob. The leaders of the states attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the Russian Cultural Center. The head of the Russian state noted that the construction and opening of the center will serve the purpose of developing bilateral relations.
Then Putin met with Singapore’s premier Li Xian Lun. The meeting was also attended by heads of ministries and companies, Russia and Singapore signed a series of interdepartmental documents and contracts between enterprises. The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) said that they had prepared agreements for investments in petrochemistry, nuclear medicine, high technology and, most importantly, support for Russian companies in South-East Asia for Putin’s visit to Singapore. In total, agreements worth over $ 1 billion were signed.