On 11th June 2018, in the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT), Ambassador Vladimir F. Pryakhin held a lecture on the role and aims of Russia in the North-East-Asian region. György Nanovfszky gave the introduction, and the event was moderated by György Ilyash, associate research fellow at IFAT.
At the beginning, György Ilyash welcomed the speakers and the audience, then emphasized that the task of IFAT is to give opportunity to all international actors to present their point of view. He added, that the timing of the lecture has particular relevance, as on the next day, the American and North-Korean leaders would meet in Singapore. In his introduction, György Nanovfszky presented the lecturer’s biography, and underlined the importance of the topic.
Vladimir F. Pryakhin pointed out that he would share his experiences and personal thoughts with those present. The ambassador said that North-East-Asia was one of the most dynamically developing part of the world, yet there were several crisis spots here, ranging from the territorial debate in the South-China Sea, to the role of Kuril island in the Russian-Japanese relations. He outlined the interests of the regional and international actors involved in the North-Korean crisis, underlining their different approaches to the settlement of the issue in the long term. He then addressed the goals of Russia in the region, focusing on the economic challenges of the Russian Far East and Siberia, the role of the Chinese One Belt, One Road initiative in the area, mentioning the possible outcomes of the summit between the American and North-Korean leaders taking place on the next day as well.
At the end of the lecture, reflecting on the audience’s questions, the participants discussed the interests of the great powers in the Central Asian region, the potential for economic development in the area, and the significance of the Chinese and Japanese investments in Siberia and the Russian Far East.