Russia – Papua New Guinea relations: expanding horizons of cooperation

On May 21, 2021, as part of the events focusing on 45-year anniversary of the establshment of diplomatic relations between the Russia Federation and the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, an international symposium “Russia and Papua New Guinea” was held in Saint Petersburg. Notable representatives of academic and diplomatic communities of both countries, involved in fostering cooperation and defining its course, participated in the symposium. The event was organized by Committee for External Relations of St. Petersburg, Center of the South Pacific Studies of the Center for Southeast Asia, Australia and Oceania IOS RAS, Miklouho-Maclay Foundation for the Preservation of Ethnocultural Heritage and Association of the South Pacific Region Researchers.
The symposium aimed at revealing the specificity of cooperation between Russia and Papua New Ginea, undertaking an expert assessment of its interim results, outlining the most promising directions of cooperation, as well as the most appropriate measures and mechanisms to give it an extra impetus.

The outcomes of the symposium suggest that Russia and Papua New Guinea can draw up an agenda of cooperation which will continue the long-established traditions of their relations, as well as will simultaneously be synergized with their strategic planning and the international trends in the South Pacific. Nevertheless, even under the best scenario, Moscow and Port Moresby will have to make considerable effort in order to translate the generally optimistic assessments of future cooperation into the practical reality.
“Russia and Papua New Guinea”. Proceedings
of the International Symposium. St. Petersburg, 2021.
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