Russian manoeuvres in Asia, Opinion News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

“These exercises are about peace, stability and prosperity in the region,” Mr Alexander Ivanov, Russia’s ambassador to Asean, said at the start of a three-day naval drill his country launched last week in Indonesian waters off Sabang, Aceh. “We’re opening a new page in our strategic partnership,” he added.

The significance of this first-ever Asean-Russian naval exercise should not be exaggerated. Although Russia did dispatch to Indonesia’s waters one of its better vessels – the large anti-submarine ship Admiral Panteleev – its presence was largely symbolic and the naval drill was partly “virtual”.

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