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    Russian-Indonesian relationship

    Post  George1 on Fri Jul 27, 2012 1:19 am

    The period 2007–2008 may be viewed as a turning point in the development of strategic relations between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Indonesia. To date, however, the evolution of Indonesia-Russia strategic cooperation, particularly in the security sphere, has not received much scholarly attention. Yet relations between Indonesia and the Soviet Union, between the former’s proclamation of independence in August 1945 and the latter’s collapse in December 1991, went though a number of phases, at times reaching unprecedented levels of what can be described as near-allied partnership.
    The 6 September 2007 visit of then Russian President Vladimir Putin to Jakarta marked the culmination of a long and complex process of reanimating bilateral strategic ties begun in the 1990s. Indonesia intends to seek long-term military-technical cooperation with Russia.
    Moscow’s willingness to sell Indonesia advanced military hardware on flexible terms, noninterference in Indonesia’s internal affairs (particularly in relation to human rights violations), common views on international developments, and the previous history of bilateral contacts in this sphere, positions Indonesia strongly as a long-term strategic partner.


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    Re: Russian-Indonesian relationship

    Post  George1 on Fri Jul 27, 2012 11:38 pm

    http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_07_11/Indonesian-air-carriers-eye-Superjets/

    Indonesian air carriers eye Superjets

    Indonesia’s Sky Aviation air carrier expects to receive three Russian-produced Sukhoi Superjets 100 under a bilateral 380 –mln dollar deal to deliver 12 jets to Indonesia by 2015.
    The information comes from a local business portal citing the company’s spokesman.
    According to the source, Sky Aviation plans to aircraft for its flights between Jakarta and major regional centers.
    Another Indonesian carrier, Kartika Airlines, is going to purchase 30 Russian Superjets for a total value of 951 mln.

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    Re: Russian-Indonesian relationship

    Post  GarryB on Sat Jul 28, 2012 3:34 am

    I hope the cooperation expands beyond defence, and that it expands in both directions so that Indonesia is not just buying Russian products with cash. Just a quick look on wiki and it says Indonesia exports electrical appliances, so opening up the Russian market to such products will be good for both countries.

    Perhaps Indonesian companies might open factories in Russia and make products there for the European market?


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    Re: Russian-Indonesian relationship

    Post  flamming_python on Sat Jul 28, 2012 2:06 pm

    Surprised that Indonesia still wants Supejets; considering the incredible fuck up by Sukhoi and pals when they tried to impress their customers and instead ended up killing them.

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    Post  TR1 on Sat Jul 28, 2012 10:05 pm

    flamming_python wrote:Surprised that Indonesia still wants Supejets; considering the incredible fuck up by Sukhoi and pals when they tried to impress their customers and instead ended up killing them.

    Is that actually proven, or just speculation?

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    Insight - Russia's leading role in the Indonesian mining revolution

    Post  George1 on Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:27 am

    Insight - Russia's leading role in the Indonesian mining revolution

    A worker poses with a handful of nickel ore at the nickel mining factory of PT Vale Tbk, near Sorowako, Indonesia's Sulawesi island, in this January 8, 2014 file photograph. REUTERS/Yusuf Ahmad
    A worker poses with a handful of nickel ore at the nickel mining factory of PT Vale Tbk, near Sorowako, Indonesia's Sulawesi island, in this January 8, 2014 file photograph.

    (Reuters) - Russia's two metal giants have emerged as big winners from Indonesia's new mining law, after leading a drive to get Jakarta to stick to its controversial mineral ore export ban in the face of opposition from miners and Asian buyers.

    In its six-month lobbying campaign last year, United Company Rusal and Norilsk Nickel delivered a blunt message to Indonesian officials: We will only invest billions of dollars in smelters if you ban bauxite and nickel ore exports.

    The effort seemed to have paid off, despite a denial by Indonesia that it was influenced. When the law came into effect this year, Indonesia enforced a water-tight export ban for only two major minerals - nickel ore and bauxite.

    The halting of $3 billion (£1.8 billion) of annual nickel ore and bauxite exports has already lifted the price of nickel and helped support aluminium, boosting the fortunes of Rusal and Norilsk, the world's top aluminium and nickel producers, respectively.

    At the same time, it has strengthened the case for the pair to invest billions of dollars in Indonesia to build smelters to replace costly capacity in Russia, a key part of a recovery plan for struggling Rusal and in line with Indonesia's own aims to earn more from its minerals resources.

    The mineral ore export ban is aimed at forcing miners to move up the value chain by processing the minerals they dig up.
    Rusal CEO Oleg Deripaska travelled repeatedly to Jakarta last year as signs emerged that the government might water down the ban under pressure from miners, and concerns over its impact on Southeast Asia's largest economy.
    "They made the export ban policy the main requirement for them to invest here," Industry Minister Mohamad Hidayat told Reuters.
    Just before the ban took effect on January 12, Indonesia conceded to pressure from miners and made last-minute changes to the policy to allow shipments of most metals to go on, but it did not relax the policy for nickel ore and bauxite.
    The supply cuts have already been a game changer for nickel, with benchmark nickel prices soaring 17 percent to an 11-month high after the ban, while starving global markets of bauxite that should help curb China's huge aluminium expansion and support global prices.
    This has benefited Rusal and Norilsk, whose shares have risen more than 11 percent since the ban, though it has been at the expense of big buyers such as China and Japan. It has also come at a price for Indonesia which, despite gaining a pledge for a smelter, has suffered mine closures and layoffs.
    "Behind all of this is Rusal," said Tjandra Irawan, director of Indonesia's Mineral Entrepreneurs Association. "What Rusal always wanted was a total ban ... only then would they invest."
    Indonesia's industry minister denied overseas firms played a role in how the ban was implemented. Foreign influence on such a big economic policy is sensitive in Indonesia, particularly with elections looming in a few months.
    Russian firms were, however, involved like no other foreign companies in pushing their case - repeatedly sending executives to Jakarta, organising a conference to lobby officials, and teaming up with influential industry players to push their case.
    When asked about its lobbying strategy, Rusal said it was "closely following the developments" in the months leading up to the ban because of the uncertainty over how the government would implement the law. Norilsk declined to comment.

    SECOND THOUGHTS

    Before the ban, Indonesia was the world's top nickel ore exporter and the largest bauxite supplier to China, accounting for around 12 percent of the global market in both cases.
    In February, Maxim Sokov, first deputy CEO of En+, the parent of Rusal, said the ban was helping market prices of aluminium and nickel turn upwards. Sokov is also a board member of Norilsk.
    Around the middle of last year, Indonesia began wavering on the proposal due to fears a complete ore export ban would hurt the economy and lead to widespread unemployment.
    Government officials sought to reassure the mining sector that the law would be diluted.
    This worried Rusal, which has been struggling with weak aluminium prices and mounting debt and saw the export ban as key to its turnaround strategy, which included making Indonesia a regional hub for its alumina production.
    "Rusal and Norilsk were the only foreigners that seemed to be really concerned about how the ban would be implemented," said a government official close to the matter, who declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the subject.
    China and Japan, both big buyers of Indonesian nickel ore, have been concerned by the ban. Beijing is organising a delegation of Chinese firms to visit Jakarta to discuss the new rules, while Japan is considering taking Indonesia to the World Trade Organisation over the ban.

    RUSSIAN INVESTMENT

    From June last year, Rusal's CEO went to Indonesia at least three times in six months to push the government over the issue.
    The Russian firms also teamed up with UBS and the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry to hold a seminar in Jakarta in October attended by top government officials.
    The firms were especially worried about a proposal from the mines ministry that could allow exports of unprocessed mineral ore to continue for companies planning to build smelters.
    The ministry dropped the proposal a month later after it was rejected by parliament, though sought industry input on how to implement the mining law without damaging the entire sector.
    The export ban has also hurt U.S. miners in Indonesia.
    Despite being allowed to continue exporting copper, Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold Inc and Newmont Mining Corp have halted shipments and cut output due to a dispute over an escalating export tax under the new rules.
    While U.S., Japanese, and Chinese firms have long been big investors in resource-rich Indonesia, Russian firms are now pledging to significantly lift their investment.
    Rusal's Deripaska came with a big Russian business delegation to Jakarta in February to sign a memorandum of understanding to build an alumina smelter in West Kalimantan for an estimated $3 billion. Russian Railways is also planning to invest $2 billion in a line to East Kalimantan coal rail line.

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    Post  George1 on Sun Jun 08, 2014 1:13 am

    Russia-Indonesia trade turnover to make $3B by yearend - ambassador to Jakarta

    The trade turnover between Russia and Indonesia, a major economy in the Asia-Pacific region, will make three billion dollars by the yearend, Russia's Ambassador to Jakarta Mikhail Galuzin said in an interview with Itar-Tass.

    "Over the first six months, the mutual trade turnover grew by over twelve percent year-on-year to 1.7 billion dollars. Thus, the forecast by the yearend may be three billion dollars," he said. Russian and Indonesian counterparts have been negotiating major joint projects, the ambassador said. "Government of the East Kalimantan province and the Kalimantan Rail Company, which represents the Russian Railway Company, signed a memorandum on mutual understanding in February 2012 on building of a railroad and its infrastructures in the province. RUSAL has been negotiating construction in West Kalimantan of a bauxite and alumina plant with capacity of 1.8 million tonnes per year. Other joint projects include satellite navigation, civil aviation, and peaceful use of nuclear energy."

    Civil aviation is a priority sector in the cooperation between Russia and Indonesia, Galuzin said. In 2011, Indonesia's Sky Aviation signed an agreement with the Sukhoi Corporation on leasing of twelve SuperJet-100 planes. "Under the contract, first two planes arrived in Indonesia in February and August of the current year. The third plane is due to come to Indonesia by the yearend."

    The diplomat also stressed the dynamic development of the military-technical cooperation between Moscow and Jakarta. "We are proud that the Russian armoury, well known around the world, is used for improvement of Indonesia's defence potential. In September, the Russian side completed ahead of the term supplies of six Sukhoi-30MK2 battle planes. Russia is also working on supplies of BMP-3F armoured vehicles," the ambassador said.


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    Post  George1 on Sun Jun 08, 2014 1:14 am

    Indonesia plans to open maintenance center to service Russia-made helicopters

    Indonesia, a country in Southeast Asia, plans to open a maintenance center to service Russia-made helicopters. Four civil helicopters Mil Mi-171 were delivered to Indonesia in early May, the Russian embassy in that country told ITAR-TASS on Wednesday.

    Helicopters will be used by several Indonesian agencies and companies, including the National Agency of Emergency Situations. "Creation of a maintenance centre to service this type of Russian aircrafts is on agenda. Its delivery is planned to enlarge to Indonesia," the Russian diplomatic mission noted.

    Meanwhile, supplies of one more type of Russian machinery began to Indonesia in early May. Four trucks KAMAZ were delivered to the country on the order from Indonesian company Tehnika Ina to pass certification. Certification of Russian vehicles is expected to be finalized in September.

    "Russia hopes for further successful implementation of joint projects with Indonesian partners on a broad range of trends, including construction of a road infrastructure, reprocessing of mineral resources, civil aviation and others," the Russian embassy noted.
    Read more: http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_05_28/Indonesia-plans-to-open-maintenance-center-to-service-Russia-made-helicopters-8167/

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    Post  George1 on Fri Nov 14, 2014 8:06 am

    Russia ready to boost Sukhoi Superjet 100 supplies to Indonesia — upper house speaker

    JAKARTA, November 12. /TASS/. Russia is prepared to increase supplies of Sukhoi Superjet 100 medium-haul passenger airliners to Indonesia, the speaker of Russia’s upper house of parliament, the Federation Council, said on Wednesday.

    Addressing Indonesia’s parliament, the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR), Valentina Matviyenko marked the high level of trade and economic relations between Russia and Indonesia.

    “In 2013, trade turnover reached almost $3 billion. The leaders of our countries have set the goal of bringing this figure to $5 billion in the coming two years. This is a rather real level,” she said.

    Matviyenko mentioned a range of major projects involving Russia in Indonesia, namely the construction of a railway road on Kalimantan Island to transport coal, which is due to be completed by 2016.

    “A joint project on building an alumina refinery in Indonesia, being implemented by Rusal, is getting real shapes. An idea is studied to set up a facility for assembly of KAMAZ vehicles in Indonesia,” she added.

    Matviyenko said a possibility of Russia’s participation in the construction of the Asian country’s first nuclear power plant involving Russia's state nuclear corporation Rosatom is being considered.

    Russia’s upper house speaker also marked Russia’s interest in expanding imports of Indonesia’s fish and agricultural products and invited Indonesian investors to the country.

    “We wait for the Indonesian business, capital and investments in Siberia and the Far East, where major projects are being implemented on developing this important Russian region,” she added.

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    Post  George1 on Fri Nov 14, 2014 8:06 am

    Russia discusses investment in Indonesian railways
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    Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Russia has voiced its interest in investing in several major projects in Indonesia such as the development of railway tracks and aluminum factories in the country.

    "We also discussed cooperation in the latest technologies such as the development of Russian satellite technology in Indonesia and the participation of Russia in the development of nuclear power plants," Matvienko, the Federation Council chairman of the Russian Federations Federal Assembly, stated after a meeting with Vice President Jusuf Kalla here on Wednesday.

    He affirmed that during the meeting with the vice president, they discussed efforts to enhance economic cooperation between both countries and to boost two-way trade to US$2 billion.

    Matvienko said Russia was also interested in President Joko Widodos idea to develop a maritime axis in the Asia-Pacific region as Russia and Indonesia are part of the region.

    "In order to realize this idea, Russia is ready to assist Indonesia in trade and investment and the maritime sector," he stated.

    Besides efforts to boost trade and investment cooperation, he remarked that Russia also called on Indonesia to cooperate in fighting international terrorism.

    "Russia sees Indonesia as an important and key partner in the Pacific region," he noted.

    Kalla emphasized that Indonesia and Russia enjoyed sound relations in the fields of politics, trade and investment.

    "We discussed steps to carry out all forms of cooperation, and they will be followed up by visits of other delegations," stated the vice president.

    During the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Beijing on Monday, Indonesian President Joko Widodo offered investment opportunities to Russia at a meeting with President Vladimir Putin.

    "We have invited investors from Russia to invest in the energy, power plants, railways, irrigation, food, and manufacturing sectors," the Indonesian head of state said.

    He noted that the good relations developed between the two countries, so far, need to be further nurtured in the future.

    Indonesia and Russia have been strategic partners since April 21, 2003, after they signed an agreement in Moscow.

    Since then, the two nations have developed cooperation in the fields of economy, trade and investment, including the manufacture of heavy equipment and satellite-based communication equipment. They have also cooperated in the development of security systems, information technology, and transportation.

    "I am convinced that relations between the two countries as strategic partners will further improve in the future," he affirmed.

    He added that the strategic Indonesia-Russia partnership has covered wider areas and "it is hoped that if can be further developed and increased in the future."

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    Post  George1 on Mon Feb 09, 2015 3:23 pm

    Russia Develops Strong Relationship With New Indonesian Leadership

    Russian Ambassador to Indonesia stated that Moscow has established a strong and constructive relationship with the new leadership of Indonesia.

    MOSCOW, (Sputnik) – Russia has established a strong and constructive relationship with the new leadership of Indonesia, Russian Ambassador to Indonesia Mikhail Galuzin told RIA Novosti.

    "Most importantly, we have managed to establish robust and extensive contacts with the administration of the new Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who took office last October," Galuzin said.

    The ambassador underscored the importance of the first bilateral meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin with Widodo on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Beijing in November 2014, which was held in a "constructive atmosphere and allowed to establish the contact between the two leaders."

    According to the diplomat, Putin and Widodo agreed to enhance trade and economic ties and broaden scientific and technical cooperation, as well as expand political dialogue.

    Russian-Indonesian economic cooperation includes a number of promising and significant projects, Galuzin said.

    Russian aluminum giant RUSAL is considering building a bauxite and alumina industrial complex in Indonesia's West Kalimantan. Russian truck manufacturer KamAZ is looking into the possibility of supplying trucks to the country and Russian Railways is building a special-purpose railroad in East Kalimantan.

    Moscow is also considering the possibility of supplying Indonesia with passenger aircraft, including the Sukhoi SuperJet-100 and Irkut MC-21.

    The diplomat noted that cooperation in marine and shipbuilding infrastructure also has good prospects. Indonesia wants to become a strong maritime power and Russia is offering many cooperation possibilities in this field.

    Russia and Indonesia may carry out another intergovernmental meeting, the ambassador said. He stressed that the work of the previous commission in February 2014 was very fruitful, with the two nations signing documents on promoting cooperation in energy and creating working groups on industry, trade, transport and investment.

    Galuzin stated that recent display of friendship and cooperation, mutual understanding and assistance between the countries was in December 2014, when more than 70 Russian rescuers using two planes, an Il-76 cargo plane and a Be-200 helped Indonesia in the search for AirAsia's Airbus A320-200, which crashed into the Java Sea on December 28.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/asia/20150209/1017995642.html#ixzz3RG2NEpGo

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    Post  George1 on Fri Apr 10, 2015 3:11 pm

    Russia Offers Indonesia Mutual Transactions in National Currencies

    Russia and Indonesia could switch to mutual trade payments in their national currencies, Denis Manturov, Russia's minister of industry and trade suggested Thursday during a Russia-Indonesia session on economic issues.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier on Thursday, the 10th Session of the Indonesia-Russia Joint Commission on Trade-Economic and Technical Cooperation started in the city of Kazan in the southeastern part of European Russia.

    “We [Russia] expect active support in the transition to the use of national currencies in our trade relations with [a number of countries] and Indonesia, too" Denis Manturov, Russia's minister of industry and trade, told his Indonesian interlocutor, Coordinating Economic Minister Sofyan Djalil during the session.

    Russia has already discussed this initiative with India, China, Vietnam and Thailand, Manturov added.

    Such a “transition” will strengthen the national currencies and allow the trading partners to work independently of the dollar or the euro, he stressed.

    In turn, Sofyan Djalil said that Indonesia is ready to consider Russia’s proposal, because exposure to dollar fluctuations is a “pain in the neck” for both countries.

    The announcement of the Indonesia-Russia Joint Commission on Trade-Economic and Technical Cooperation was proposed in 1999. Since then, the economic ties between the two countries have strengthened.

    Moscow and Jakarta also have engaged in military cooperation. Apart from numerous arms sold from Russia to Indonesia, in 2011 the Russian and Indonesian navies practiced anti-piracy counteraction in their first ever joint drills.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/business/20150409/1020682996.html#ixzz3WuZOE1yT

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    Post  George1 on Fri Apr 17, 2015 2:48 pm

    Rosatom Subsidiary Wins Tender for Research Reactor Blueprint in Indonesia

    A consortium comprising a subsidiary of Russia’s Rosatom nuclear state corporation and Indonesian companies won a tender to prepare blueprints for a research reactor in Indonesia, Rosatom said Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Construction of the research reactor will be a first step in nuclear energy development in Indonesia, a Rosatom spokesperson told RIA Novosti earlier in the month.

    “Indonesia’s national nuclear energy agency BATAN has declared a Russian-Indonesian consortium winner in a tender for a blueprint in a project to build a multi-functional energy reactor in Indonesia,” Rosatom said in a statement.

    It is expected that signing the contract for blueprint preparation will take place by April 30, while the announcement of the contract for the construction of the research reactor is scheduled for the beginning of 2016.

    The consortium lists Indonesia’s Rekayasa Engineering and Kogas Driyap Consultant and Russia’s NUKEM Technologies GmbH, a subsidiary of Rosatom.

    On April 13, Rosatom Deputy Director Kirill Komarov said Moscow can offer cooperation in building nuclear reactors to such countries as Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/business/20150417/1021012229.html#ixzz3XZPL9Aex

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    Post  JohninMK on Thu Sep 03, 2015 8:01 pm

    That's what you call an upgrade, F-5 to Su-35!

    Indonesia's defense minister said that the country would buy Russian-made Su-35 jets following negotiations between the two countries. Indonesia's defense ministry has decided to purchase Russian Sukhoi Su-35 jets to replace its aging US-made F-5 fleet, the country's state news agency Antara reported.

    Indonesia previously expressed interest in the Su-35 jet, with the country's ambassador to Russia telling RIA Novosti that the budget for purchasing the planes has already been established. Indonesian legislator Tubagus Hasanuddin previously said that Russia could provide Indonesia with a loan to buy the jets, although no further details were revealed. "We have agreed to buy a squadron of Sukhoi Su-35s from Russia to replace the F-5 Tiger jet fighters," defense minister Ryamizard Ryacudu told Antara. The contract between Indonesia and Russia will be signed later in September, according to the minister. Jakarta will buy Su-35 jets in several stages, depending on the country's financial capacity, Ryacudu said.

    "We want to buy a squadron [of Sukhoi Su-35s], but the purchase will be adjusted, based on the financial capability of the government," Ryacudu added.

    Indonesia and Russia previously signed a $1 billion contract in 2007 under which Indonesia purchased Russian military equipment including Sukhoi jets and Mi-35 helicopters.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/asia/20150903/1026559663/indonesia-su35-purchase-russia.html#ixzz3khRfvBWl


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    Post  George1 on Fri Sep 18, 2015 1:05 am

    Russia, Indonesia Sign Memorandum on Building High-Power, Floating NPPs

    Moscow and Jakarta have signed a memorandum of understanding on the construction of high-power and floating nuclear power plants in Indonesia, Rusatom Overseas, a subsidiary of the Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, said Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The signing of the memorandum between Rusatom Overseas and Indonesia’s National Nuclear Energy Agency took place in Jakarta, according to the Russian company.

    "The main aim of the memorandum is to create an extra basis for further cooperation within the framework of the integrated suggestion of the Rosatom state company," Rusatom Overseas head Yevgeny Pakermanov said, as quoted in the statement.

    Last month, Indonesia’s National Nuclear Energy Agency announced that Jakarta planned to construct its first nuclear power plant by 2024.

    In April, Rosatom won a tender to prepare blueprints for a research reactor in Indonesia.

    Earlier this year, Rosatom Deputy Director Kirill Komarov said that Moscow was ready to cooperate in building nuclear reactors in countries that have nuclear energy development plans, such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/business/20150917/1027132036.html#ixzz3m2XPxzjc


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    Post  George1 on Wed Nov 18, 2015 11:22 am

    Indonesia Seeks $5Bln in Trade With Russia by End of 2016

    Russia and Indonesia plan to achieve $5 billion in trade between the countries by the end of this year and repeat that goal in 2016, Indonesia’s ambassador to Russia said Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A Russian and Indonesian Intergovernmental Commission set a goal in April to realize $5 billion in trade between the countries by the end of 2015. Russia's trade representative to Indonesia Sergei Rossomakhov last week indicated a figure of $10 billion by 2018.

    “We need to actively move in this direction, especially given the commitments our governments have made, namely the achievement of $5 billion in mutual trade turnover. There are plans to achieve this level by the end of 2015 and 2016,” Ambassador Djauhari Oratmangun told RIA Novosti in an interview.

    The envoy suggested that improved political relations will positively affect commerce, noting a lack of “aggressive attitude and a readiness to seize new opportunities” among companies in both nations.

    Oratmangun suggested that both Russian and Indonesian business communities could take advantage of the sanctions imposed on Russia by the United States, the European Union and their allies over the past two years.

    “They need to be more proactive to take advantage of those benefits that currently exist,” the diplomat stressed. “This task is feasible if there is the will and desire on both sides.”

    Oratmangun said “even new possibilities for interaction” are available despite challenging circumstances, citing $3.67 billion in commerce last year and $2 billion by mid-2015.

    A Russian business delegation is scheduled to visit Indonesia later this month or early December. Possible aerospace technology, shipbuilding, and mining projects are likely to be presented during the visit.

    Indonesia Not Currently Considering TPP Membership

    Indonesia is not yet considering membership in the hotly-debated Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact led by the United States, Indonesia’s ambassador to Russia said.

    "At least so far, Indonesia is not evaluating the possibility [of joining TPP], but is only studying the creation of the TPP," Djauhari Oratmangun told RIA Novosti.

    Oratmangun said Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has announced that she was waiting to view a finalized text of the deal to study the pros and cons of Jakarta’s membership in the controversial trade pact.

    The 12 Pacific Rim nations reached an agreement on the pact’s wording early last month. The TPP is expected to be heavily promoted but it remains unclear whether US President Barack Obama can see it ratified before the end of his term in early 2017.

    "If there is no paperwork and the terms are unclear, how can we seriously consider the possibility of joining," the envoy observed, adding that Indonesia’s priority is to launch the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Community later this year.

    Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced last month his intention to join the TPP. Japan and Australia subsequently welcomed Indonesia's objective.

    Ambassador Oramangun confirmed that the TPP, whose ongoing negotiations have been shrouded in secrecy, has not been on the agenda of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit currently underway in the Philippines.

    Mohamad Iqbal Djamil, an Indonesian Ministry of Trade APEC Directorate official, told Sputnik on Monday it could take up to two years for Indonesia to join the TPP, if the deal is ratified.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/business/20151118/1030312626/indonesia-russia-trade.html#ixzz3rpyFy1r3


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    Post  George1 on Tue Jan 05, 2016 9:23 am

    Russia sails forth to ensure Indonesian maritime security

    By supplying high-octane naval hardware to Indonesia, Russia is not only gaining a strategic foothold in the Asia-Pacific, it is also contributing significantly towards the archipelago’s long-term security.

    In May 2014, when Indonesian President Joko Widodo took office, he reiterated his call to transform Indonesia into a maritime nation and invoked the Sanskrit slogan – Jalesveva Jayamah or Victorious on the Sea.

    “We’ve turned our back on the seas, oceans, straits and bays for far too long,” he said. “It is time for us to realise Jalesveva Jayamahe, a motto upheld by our ancestors in the past.”

    Jokowi, as the President is popularly known as, said that to develop Indonesia into a great nation Indonesia must possess the heart of Cakrawarti Samudera, another Sanskrit term meaning Emperor of the Seas.

    Jokowi was not being unduly nationalistic. Indonesia faces a complex strategic environment both internally and externally. The dominant theme in its immediate East Asian vicinity is the tangle of territorial disputes that poses a direct threat to regional stability. At the same time, maritime piracy in Indonesian waters has been a constant worry for decades. According to some estimates, the country annually loses up to $3 billion from illegal logging and $8 billion from illegal fishing. Clearly, if there’s any country that needs a strong navy, it is Indonesia.

    Russian connection


    The new President is building maritime links with a number of East Asian as well as non-regional powers to strengthen the country’s defences. Russia is one of them. Growing Russia-Indonesia defence ties can more accurately be described as a return to the good old days.

    Russian-Indonesian relations were at their peak in the late 1950s and early 1960s when Moscow provided the bulk of Indonesia’s military hardware, making the country’s defences forces one of the best equipped in East Asia.

    Between 1959 and 1965, Russia gave Indonesia one cruiser, 14 destroyers, 14 submarines, eight anti submarine patrol vessels, 20 missile boats and several motor torpedo boats and gunboats. The Indonesian marine corps was also reinforced by armoured and amphibious vehicles, and naval aviation with ASW helicopters and Il-28 bombers.

    The Indonesian Navy was thrilled with their new Whiskey-class submarines. The vessels were immediately put into action against the Dutch West Guinea in 1961-1962, and against Malaysia and British Commonwealth forces during Konfrontasi (Confrontation) in 1963-1966.

    However, the honeymoon ended when Russia-Indonesia relations went into a freeze as the fiercely anti-communist Suharto allied himself with the US.

    Post-Communist Bonhomie

    Moscow and Jakarta’s interests converged once again during the 2000s. Ingo Wandelt of Giessen University, Germany, writes in a paper titled ‘Between Economic and Security Interests: Russia’s Return To the Indonesian Archipelago: “The emerging Russian-Indonesian cooperation is a convenient case-study of how a resurgent former-Empire establishes footholds in the largest state of the archipelago that once was firmly in the western sphere of influence.”

    He adds: “President Vladimir Putin’s one-day visit to Indonesia on September 6, 2007, signalled the return of an active Russia to Insular Southeast Asia’s largest state. The signing of eight bilateral agreements between the two governments in key fields of strategic cooperation throws some light on the strategic interests of both Russia and Indonesia in world politics.”

    Putin reaffirmed historical ties in his address to his host, President Yudhoyono, when he referred to the early 1960s as “the golden age of Indonesian-Russian relations”. “The historical reference in a sense also reaffirmed what was once a major weapons buying relationship between the two countries, indicating that the relationship cannot be seen as purely economic,” Wandelt notes.

    Indonesia walked into the 21st century feeling abandoned by its western ‘friends’. It felt betrayed when the U.S., Australia and most of the western world ganged up to pry East Timor from Indonesian control.

    “Enter Russia with good quality offers, favourable repayment conditions and a clear statement of non-interference in internal affairs, and it is easy to understand the psychological impact Putin’s offer had on the Indonesian state and army leadership,” says Wandelt.

    Jakarta’s creaky juggernaut

    The Indonesian Navy will gain the most from the rapidly expanding Russia-Indonesia ties. With approximately 75,000 active personnel and more than 150 vessels in active service, Indonesia has the largest navy in South East Asia. What’s more, the Indonesian Navy is one of a few navies in the region backed by a substantial domestic defence industry, marine corps and armed with supersonic missiles and attack submarines.

    But the inside story is that the Indonesian Navy is more rusted than ready. According to a report by Iis Gindarsah of the Jakarta-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, 59 per cent of the Indonesian Navy’s assets are over three decades old.

    Indonesia’s biggest problem being finances, the Russian offer of soft loans is a way out of technological obsolescence. “Russia is ready to provide soft loans at cheap rates to buy defence equipment,” Tubagus Hasanuddin, vice-chairman of the Indonesian House of Representatives' Defence Commission said on September 1, 2015.

    Hasanuddin was referring to the bilateral discussions over a $3 billion loan to support acquisition of Russian military equipment. Although details about the military equipment to be purchased through the deal were not revealed, Hasanuddin said the loan will be provided at preferential rates.

    In Jakarta’s wish list are four Russian Kilo-class 636 submarines and two slightly smaller Lada-class submarines. The diesel-electric Kilos are among the quietest conventionally powered undersea boats in service anywhere and are capable of being equipped with advanced weaponry, including anti-ship and land-attack cruise missiles. These submarines would be among the most advanced conventional submarines in Southeast Asia.

    Despite a $490 million cut in next year’s defence budget, the Indonesian Navy announced in September 2015 that it would procure Kilo-class submarines from Russia as part of the 2015-2019 strategic planning. “There are many kinds of Kilo-class submarines. We have yet to decide which type we will purchase,” says navy spokesperson Commander Muhammad Zainuddin.

    The Indonesian Navy reportedly wants to buy up to 12 boats by 2024 so the potential for Russia is huge here. “So far, we have two submarines and an additional three Chang Bogo-class submarines that are still under construction in South Korea. So we still need at least seven more submarines,” he said, adding that the seven submarines would probably be Kilo-class vessels.

    The Russian Kilos are only the latest of recent buys. In November 2010, Indonesia’s marine corps received 17 amphibious tanks BMP-3F from Russia.

    Currently, Indonesia's Ahmad Yani class frigates are fitted with the supersonic Yakhont missile that can destroy ships up to 300 km away. The Yakhont, which is the export version of the P800 Oniks missile, skims the waves at Mach 2.5 (twice the speed of sound), making its detection extremely difficult.

    In 2011 the Indonesian Navy frigate KRI Oswald Siahaan test-fired a Yakhont during a naval exercise in the Indian Ocean. The missile took just six minutes to travel 250 km to score a direct hit on the target. At a time when most Southeast Asian navies had – and with the exception of Vietnam, still have – only subsonic cruise missiles, the Yakhont launch marked a significant capability breakthrough in the region.

    On the drawing board

    Even as Russia and Indonesia tie down defence deals piecemeal, bigger plans lie ahead, with Moscow offering to expand defence industry collaboration. According to Janes, the plan is centred on the "development of defence offset schemes" that encompass technology transfers, joint production in Indonesia of components and structures, and the establishment of maintenance, repair, and overhaul service centres in the country.

    According to the Indonesian Ministry of Defence, Russian Ambassador Mikhail Galuzin communicated the offer to Indonesian Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu on January 15, 2015. This follows a similar proposal extended to Jokowi by Putin at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings in China in late 2014.

    Indonesia’s strategic conundrum is that its leadership continues to view internal security as more important than the high-stakes manoeuvres happening in its neighbourhood. Its defence spending is currently just 0.8 per cent of GDP, which is one of the lowest in the region. That Moscow has managed to bag these not insignificant defence deals within this context is an indicator of three key developments.

    One, it is a measure of the impact of Russian diplomacy in the region. Secondly, there is confidence in Indonesia that Russian weapons can do the job –and well. (As events have proved in Syria, they are indeed doing a fine job.) And finally, unlike the US – which imposed sanctions on the Indonesian military during the East Timor crisis – Russia can be relied upon to supply spares and replenish losses if war breaks out.

    Clearly, the Russian way of engagement through security agreements is a win-win for everyone involved. Even as new weapons contracts keep the Russian defence sector humming and the connections they build are helping Russia gain a strategic foothold in the world’s most vibrant economic region, they are contributing significantly towards Indonesia’s long-term security.

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    Post  George1 on Thu May 19, 2016 3:55 pm

    Russia, Indonesia sign agreement on defense cooperation, other documents



    Vladimir Putin has noted that the volume of investment in oil refinery construction in Indonesia with the participation of Russia's Rosneft could reach $13 bln

    SOCHI, May 18. /TASS/. Russia and Indonesia have signed an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in defense.

    The document was signed in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indonesian President Joko Widodo. The signing ceremony took place at the end of bilateral summit talks.

    The two countries' Foreign Ministries also signed a memorandum of mutual understanding and cooperation. One more such memorandum was signed by the Russian Federal Agency for Archives and the National Archives of Indonesia.

    In addition to it, the sides have endorsed a program of cultural cooperation for the period of 2016 through 2018 and a joint statement between Russia’s Federal Agency for Fisheries and the Indonesian Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries on prevention of the illegal, unreported and unregulated production of live marine resources and on ensuring steady regulation of the fishing industry.

    Oil refinery construction in Indonesia


    Vladimir Putin has noted that the volume of investment in oil refinery construction in Indonesia with the participation of Rosneft could reach $13 bln.

    "Our companies Zarubezhneft, Rosneft have specific, serious large-scale projects," he said. "That includes construction of a modern oil refinery with possible investment in the amount of $13 bln," he added.

    Rosneft plans to construct the refinery in the eastern part of the Indonesian island of Java.

    According to the Russian leader, there is groundwork for expanding energy cooperation. Putin said construction of a thermal power plant with the help of Inter RAO with a capacity of 1.8 GW is also planned. The investment volume will amount to $2.8 bln. "Rosatom is currently working on the construction of the experimental low-power reactor," he said.

    Indonesia-EAEU free trade zone


    The two leaders have also discussed the issue of setting up a free trade zone between Indonesia and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU, which comprises Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan).

    While summing up results of Wednesday's talks, the head of Russia's state described them as very useful and successful.

    "[We] discussed the whole range of bilateral agenda, mapped out tasks for further development of Russian-Indonesian cooperation," the Russian leader said.

    According to Putin, "Russia and Indonesia are linked with long-standing and close relations."

    Russia ready to assist Indonesia in implementation of infrastructural programs


    According to Putin, Russia is ready to provide comprehensive assistance to Indonesia in implementation of infrastructural programs.

    "A large-scale regional infrastructural program is implemented under patronage of Mr. Widodo," Putin said. "Russia is ready to render comprehensive assistance to Indonesian partners in implementation of this program" he added.

    A joint project of Russian Railways and Indonesia launched last year to build an approximately 190 km long railway on the Kalimantan Island is the most significant in this context, the Russian leader said. "The railway will connect a resources-rich part of the island with a new port and an industry cluster where production and processing plants will be developed, also with participation of the Russian capital," Putin said. Development of coal, ferronickel, manganese dioxide and other deposits is planned, he added.

    Russian companies are also ready to supply hydrofoil ships and twin-hulled craft to Indonesia, Putin said.

    Exchange of intelligence data

    According to President Joko Widodo, Russia and Indonesia are going to expand cooperation in the sphere of intelligence data exchanges in order to rebuff the terrorist threat.

    "President Putin and I agreed on consolidation of ties in defense technologies," he said. "We came to an agreement on a transfer of technologies and we’ll be looking at opportunities to streamline their joint manufacturing."

    "Also, we are interested in boosting ties in the training of cadres and education," Widodo said.

    "We have interest in promoting cooperation as regards the elimination of challenges and threats, in the first place terrorism." Widodo said. "We reached agreement on exchanges of intelligence data and on a broadening of contacts between other state security agencies."

    Efforts against terrorism

    The presidents have agreed to coordinate efforts in the field of counteraction to terrorism.

    "President (Widodo) and I looked at the regional and global problems,' Putin said. "Our discussion included counteraction to terrorism and extremism. Our countries are coordinating efforts in struggle with these threats."

    He also told the reporters about an agreement on expanding contacts between the Russian and Indonesian Defense Ministry and national security organizations.

    "Our countries continue collaboration in the format of the UN, the Group of Twenty, APEC, the Islamic Conference Organization and, quite naturally in the framework of the Russian-ASEAN partnership dialogue," Putin said.

    Visa procedures

    According to the Russian president, Russia and Indonesia are working out the possibility to further streamline visa procedures.

    "Last year, the Indonesian side imposed a 30-day visa-free regime for Russians. The possibility to conclude an intergovernmental agreement on mutual simplification of visa procedures is being worked out," Putin said.


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    Rosneft, Pertamina JV may start building refinery on Java by end of 2017

    VIENNA, November 29. /TASS/. The joint venture of Russia’s Rosneft and Indonesian Pertamina may start laying the foundation of Tuban refinery and petrochemical facility on the Java Island already at the turn of 2017 but the project is still at the bankability study phase, Vice President for Corporate Communication at Pertamina Wianda Pusponegoro told TASS on Tuesday.

    "Now this process is still at a bankability study [phase] and afterwards we will see if we can start groundbreaking in late 2017 or in 2018," Pusponegoro said.

    Total investments into this project will amount to $12-14 bln, she said. Pertamina holds 55% in the project and Rosneft’s stake is 45%, Pusponegoro added.
    The goals

    Pertamina expects to reach the production level of at least 30,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in the North Chayvo joint project with Russia’s Rosneft in offshore Sakhalin.

    "We need to have really good review on the future, what we want to do on those blocks. And especially we have a target that minimum we take home is around 30 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day," Pusponegoro said.

    Negotiations on the stake acquisition with Rosneft are still in progress, Pertamina vice president said. "We are still in the discussion with them [Rosneft - TASS]," she added.

    The Chayvo Field North Tip license area is situated in the shallow portion of offshore Sakhalin. The oil and gas field is planned to reach the design oil production rate in 2017.

    It was reported earlier the design capacity of Tuban facility’s primary distillation stage is planned at the level of 15 mln tonnes a year. The project contemplates construction of a high-capacity fuel oil catalytic cracker and a petrochemical facility.

    Rosneft and Pertamina signed a master cooperation agreement on May 26, 2016.


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