Russia Finds New Ally With Indonesia
Russia has found a new best friend in Indonesia. The two countries had just agreed to cooperate with each other on several key issues, including trade, oil refinery investments, intelligence and defense. It seems too that Indonesia has taken a liking to Russian submarines and jets.Advertisement
Recently, a document was signed in the presence of both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indonesian President Joko Widodo. The two countries’ foreign ministries have held bilateral summit talks that the resulted in their agreement regarding key issues that would further both Russian and Indonesian interests.
According to a report from Russian news agency TASS, the recent bilateral talks between Russian and Indonesia also paved the way for the signing of the memorandum of mutual understanding and cooperation between its foreign ministries.
In addition, another memorandum was also signed between the Russian Federal Agency for Archives and the National Archives of Indonesia.
At the same time, both countries have also agreed to work together by way of a cultural cooperation from 2016 to 2018 between Russia’s Federal Agency for Fisheries and Indonesia’s Ministry o Maritime Affairs and Fisheries in order to prevent illegal and unregulated production of marine resources.
Aside from this, Russia has also said it can bring in potential oil refinery construction investments in Indonesia that can amount to as much as $13 billion.
According to Putin, Russian companies such as Zarubezhneft, Rosneft are used to such “specific serious large-scale projects.” In fact, Rosneft is already planning to construct a refinery in the eastern part of Java, an island in Indonesia. Meanwhile, when it comes to infrastructures, Putin also says that Russia is ready to lend Indonesia a hand.
He said, “A large-scale regional infrastructural program is implemented under patronage of Mr. Widodo. Russia is ready to render comprehensive assistance to Indonesian partners in implementation of this program.”
At the same time, Russia and Indonesia have also agreed to develop a free trade zone between Indonesia and countries belonging to the Eurasian Economic Union. This includes, Russia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Belarus.
Two countries are also looking to simplify their visa procedures and have also agreed to a united stance against terrorism. Putin explained, ” Our discussion included counteraction to terrorism and extremism. Our countries are coordinating efforts in struggle with these threats.”
To that extent, Russia and Indonesia have agreed to exchange intelligence data in order to better counter terrorism.
As far as defense goes, a report from AAP revealed that Indonesia is also showing interests in acquiring submarines and jets from Russia.