Russia’s Relations with the Indo-Pacific

Asia Pacific Bulletin


Washington, DC: East-West Center

Available From: May 6, 2019
Publication Date: May 6, 2019


The Russia’s Relations with the Indo-Pacific series comprises five Russian-author perspectives on the country’s attitudes and engagement with the region including case studies of relations with China, Japan, and India.

Alexey Muraviev, associate professor of national security and strategic studies at Curtin University, explains that “The Russians have a different geo-strategic outlook, effectively rejecting the Indo-Pacific geopolitical construct, a system which they believe supports the interests of the United States and its key allies.”
Ekaterina Koldunova, Associate Professor at Moscow State Institute of International Relations, explains that “The economically vibrant Asia-Pacific region, home to Russia’s key strategic partner China, represented the core geographical area where Russian foreign policy decision-makers naturally looked to as the alternative [to the West].”
Artyom Lukin, associate professor at Far Eastern University, explains that “Finding itself in an implacable confrontation with the West, Russia had no choice but to turn to the East, and that mostly meant embracing China.”
Alexey Kupriyanov, research fellow at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Moscow, explains that “with the collapse of the USSR in 1991, the Russo-Indian friendship fell into crisis. The onset of the new world order and the end of the Cold War forced India and Russia to completely reconsider their places in the world.”
Vitaly Kozyrev, professor at Endicott College and research fellow at Russian National University, explains that “The majority of the Japanese public disapproves of any deal being signed until the four disputed islands are returned.”

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