Professor, Department of International Affairs, Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, National Research University - Higher School of Economics; Head, Department of Policy and Functioning of the European Union and the European Council, European Studies Institute at Moscow State University of International Relations of the MFA of Russia (MGIMO University).
Co-author, with Sergei Karaganov and Timofei Bordachev, of the Valdai Club report “Through Harmonious Development to Regional Stability. Russia and China in the New World Architecture.”
Participant of Annual Meeting: 2011.
Participant of Russian-Chinese Section Conference “Regional stability through harmonious development: Russia and China in the new world architecture”, 2010.
Participant of Working Group on the Future of U.S.-Russian Relations: Dec 2010.
Participant of Defense and Security Section Conference “Modernization of the Russian Armed Forces and Cooperation in International Security”, 2011.
The development of Siberia and the Russian Far East is impossible without relations with China. We should not shut ourselves off from China, but cooperate with it: to identify the competitive advantages of the Transbaikal and the Russian Far East; to evaluate the real, and not the imaginary demand of the Chinese market for certain goods and services from Siberia and the Russian Far East.
Russia is wavering between China and Vietnam, and is trying to develop military and economic cooperation with both countries. Yet, Russia is finding it more and more difficult to maintain this posture without damaging its image. China shows no understanding toward efforts to deepen ties with Vietnam.
It is a specific feature of state capitalism in Russia that all decisions and processes are centralized, so if a single actor appears in the region to pursue a consolidated policy, it will be a positive factor for the economic development of Siberia and the Far East.
Interest in the Far East and Siberia has grown markedly in Russia over the past two years. The transfer of the capital would not only intensify the internal economic life of the region but would also promote the foreign economic ties of Siberia and the Far East, thereby integrating Russia into the international economy of the Asia-Pacific region, where its presence currently is rather weak.
Russia has started actively building up its presence in the region after the commissioning of Sakhalin gas deposits. After liquefying the bulk of the gas, Russia supplies it to its Asian partners. High-tech methods of liquefying natural gas can put Russia in the lead in the Asia -Pacific Region.