Russia is restructuring its diplomatic and economic relations to focus on partner states
We are turning to those partners which we have long considered to be friendly, neutral, and well‑disposed. Currently these partners are under terrible pressure from our adversaries or countries committing unfriendly acts against Russia. We are actively assisting our government and the economic bloc to identify solutions to various problems related to logistics, transport, and finding new partners. Of course, we won’t delve into the details, but <...> attempts are being made to eradicate the role of diplomacy in relation to Russia. This is being done by expelling diplomats, closing representative offices, and bleeding them dry. Nevertheless, diplomacy is key in a number of areas, such as in relation to the East, Africa, and other territories. These include places where – if I may be self-critical – we indeed did not focus sufficiently on partners who were hoping for this kind of attention a few years back. We were a little too preoccupied with the well-trodden paths of our commodity flows and so on. Now all this has to be restructured — Alexander Pankin, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
Perhaps they really did once traverse a well-trodden path. It was convenient, and there was the proximity at least, in terms of logistics, exchanges, etc. However, now we need to take a broader view of the world and see that we have a range of fantastic partners, both potential and current. There are a great many of them. And we can expand our cooperation with them — Anatoly Torkunov, Rector, MGIMO University.