Russia to further strengthen, develop ties with Brunei

Azlan Othman

The Russian Federation will continue to develop ties with Brunei Darussalam in various fields where both nations cooperate in education, defence, energy, parliamentary and others.

“We will work on the expansion of our legal base and will take practical steps to implement the existing agreements,” Ambassador of Russian Federation to Brunei Darussalam Vladimir Goncharenko told the Bulletin.

“The promotion of our economic cooperation, including establishing contacts between representatives of business, is one of our priorities. I would like to underline that this year Russia will host the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum in June and Eastern Economic Forum in September. Last year, Brunei Darussalam was represented at the Eastern Economic Forum and we would welcome our Bruneian partners to participate again this year,” Goncharenko said.

The dialogue in the field of energy has great potential. In October 2019, Brunei’s Minister of Energy Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Mohd Hussein participated in the Russian Energy Week, and it was not the first time that he attended the forum, the ambassador said.

He added practical cooperation is also developing. “Thus, for example, last year the Nizhny Novgorod Institute of Applied Technologies successfully demonstrated technologies here to clean reservoirs off oil sludge. We look forward to further cooperation in this area.

Ambassador of Russian Federation to Brunei Darussalam Vladimir Goncharenko. PHOTO: AZLAN OTHMAN

“We are planning to continue strengthening our ties in the field of tourism and are taking consistent steps,” he said. It is facilitated by visa exemption for the stay up to 14 days.

Goncharenko added that in April a group of Russian travel agents visited Brunei and at the end of 2019, ASEAN operators (including a few from Brunei) completed the one-month course to study the Russian Language in Russia.

“We see good prospects for deepening bilateral relations in the spheres of city development, infrastructure, exchange of technologies, medicine. There is much work to be done,” the envoy said.

Goncharenko said today is a special day for Russia as it celebrates Diplomat’s Day. “This holiday was established by the Decree of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin in 2002. The date of February 10 was chosen because the earliest reference to the first foreign affairs agency of Rus, Posolsky Prikaz, is dated February 10, 1549.

“Throughout its history, our diplomacy has been protecting the interests of our motherland and today it continues contributing to peace, settlement of global issues, establishing and strengthening relations with our foreign partners,” he said.

“This February is marked with another important event for us. The Embassy of Russia in Brunei Darussalam was opened 10 years ago,” the ambassador added.