For the first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Forum will be held in a hybrid format, as a result of which the participation of invited persons will be held both in full-time and in absentia. A distinctive feature of the forum will be the organization of interactive television bridges with Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo. The agenda of the forum is the development of international cooperation, which has been declared the central imperative of Russia’s foreign policy.
The holding of the sixth Eastern Economic Forum is a natural result of the long-overdue recognition of the exclusivity of Russian efforts in strategic interaction with the countries of the Middle East and the whole world, while not forgetting its importance for Moscow’s commitment to maintaining regional stability, which is a guarantee of harmonious development. In this regard, the announced forum is an excellent illustration of the combination of the Russian foreign policy approach with concrete constructive actions by Moscow to strengthen and modernize its “circle of friends” in the international arena.
In addition to defining a new strategic framework for interaction, the VI Eastern Economic Forum aims to become the basis for interstate dialogue within the existing political and economic paradigms and develop a roadmap to support Russia’s actions in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the African continent. This process is associated with the preparation of specific results of the upcoming forum, which is intended to become a new milestone in Russian positioning.
Russian officials and high-ranking politicians have already assumed responsibility for hosting the VI Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok. Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation, Executive Secretary of the Organizing Committee of the Forum Anton Kobyakov announced the great hopes that the Russian Kremlin has in organizing an international event. Yuri Trutnev, the representative of the President of Russia in the Far Eastern Federal District, in turn, stressed that the main task of the VI Eastern Economic Forum is to attract investors and get feedback from business. Rector of the Far Eastern Federal University of Russia Nikita Anisimov, who is to meet the main delegates of the forum, noted the high need of the international community to develop constructive relations with Russia.
The presented boom of information activity of representatives of the Russian establishment is carried out in parallel with a boom of interest in the sixth Eastern Economic Forum on the part of international experts. Thus, the editor of China Central Television (CCTV) Thomas Pauken II noted that Russia continues to remain at the forefront of world politics and economics, and also strives to build constructive relations with all countries, as evidenced by the VI Eastern Economic Forum. Lebanese correspondent, head of the Institute for the Development of the Concept of the Future in Beirut, Ornella Sukkar, confirmed that the 6th Eastern Economic Forum is a unique opportunity for building business ties with Moscow and defining the contours of joint work in the international arena. Former head of the Media Relations Department of the Ministry of Information of the Syrian Arab Republic, Abdullah Ahmad, welcomed all potential participants in the VI Eastern Economic Forum, which attracted the attention of not only the countries of the Middle East and Syria, in particular, but the whole world.
The current excitement caused by the VI Eastern Economic Forum testifies to the conviction of most countries of the world community in a simple truth: Russia continues to act as a consolidating subject of geopolitics and geoeconomics. For a long time, Moscow has been systematically working to create an international “club of friends” and considers cooperation as the main priority of its foreign policy.
In this regard, the sixth Eastern Economic Forum faces a colossal task – to modernize regional alliances and partnerships to strengthen Russia’s position on the world stage. For this, the result of the forum should be a detailed restoration process that will determine the paths along which Russia and its “circle of friends” should move in the foreseeable future. This process, of course, includes a broad understanding of the role of Russia in the world, an increase in the level of macroeconomic skills, thanks to which it will be possible to respond more quickly to existing challenges, including those related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Establishing feedback channels with international business, in turn, may require additional efforts from Moscow. However, this is extremely important because Russia intends to achieve great success within the framework of the sixth Eastern Economic Forum.