Moscow takes the intensified activity of the United States, the EU and China in Central Asian countries in stride and is prepared for constructive cooperation, Russian State Secretary - Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin has said.
"We have paid attention to the activity of the United States and the European Union in Central Asia which has somewhat intensified in recent months. We take it in stride. We are ready for constructive interaction with any partners which have steps towards sustainable development and assistance in the stability of Central Asia which we border on their agenda," Karasin told Interfax in an interview.
The overall volume of Russia's trade with Central Asian countries stood at approximately $30 billion in 2015, the deputy minister said.
"As known, China has been rapidly 'catching up' with us but trade with Russia is structured to a higher degree so far," he said.
"Our multibillion investments in the region are absolutely not limited to the fuel and energy sector [which accounts only for about 47% of Russian investments]. Approximately 20% of our investments are made in non-ferrous metallurgy, and about 15% in telecommunications," the senior diplomat said.
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