Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and his Vietnamese counterpart Tran Dai Quang give a press conference at the Kremlin in Moscow on June 29, 2017. Trade between the two countries reached US$5.2 billion last year. Photo: AFP
Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and his Vietnamese counterpart Tran Dai Quang give a press conference at the Kremlin in Moscow on June 29, 2017. Trade between the two countries reached US$5.2 billion last year. Photo: AFP
Dmitriy Frolovskiy
Opinion

Opinion

Dmitriy Frolovskiy

As Putin pivots to Asia, will more Russian defence and energy deals be the new normal in the region?

  • Dmitriy Frolovskiy says Vladimir Putin’s decision to attend the East Asia Summit signals his determination to diversify Russia’s relationships away from Europe
  • Whether Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir will warm to Russia, as the Philippines and Indonesia have recently, remains to be seen

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and his Vietnamese counterpart Tran Dai Quang give a press conference at the Kremlin in Moscow on June 29, 2017. Trade between the two countries reached US$5.2 billion last year. Photo: AFP
Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and his Vietnamese counterpart Tran Dai Quang give a press conference at the Kremlin in Moscow on June 29, 2017. Trade between the two countries reached US$5.2 billion last year. Photo: AFP
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