President Vladimir Putin: Mr President,
I am very happy to have this chance to meet with you once again, and this time on Russian soil. Our relations, both political and economic, have shown steady development since we signed the Partnership Declaration in 2003.
I would like to congratulate you on Indonesia’s election to hold one of the non-permanent seats on the United Nations Security Council for the next two years. I hope that our countries will cooperate very actively together on the international stage.
Our bilateral trade now comes to more than half a billion dollars, but this is not a high figure and we can and should increase our trade to at least $1 billion over the near future. Our two countries continue to work together today on fighting terrorism and in the military-technical sector.
Mr President, it gives us great pleasure to see you here in Russia.
President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono: Thank you, Mr Putin, for the warm welcome I have received first in St Petersburg and now here in Moscow. I hope that our relations will indeed strengthen in every area over the coming future. I am also grateful to you for supporting Indonesia’s candidacy as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.