Moscow for energy dialogue with Asian countries

MOSCOW, June 21 (RIA Novosti) - Moscow hopes to begin energy dialogues with China, India, Japan and South Korea, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.

"The Foreign Ministry of Russia is actively participating in the development of energy dialogue with the United States and hopes to start this dialogue with China, India, Japan and Korea in the future," Lavrov said at an annual investors' conference organized by Renaissance Capital.

According to Lavrov, Moscow sees broad possibilities for attracting foreign investment to such sectors as construction and the modernization of energy facilities. The Foreign Ministry gives its broad support to attract foreign investors to the domestic market, protect their legitimate interests and contribute to the settlement of business conflicts.

Lavrov said the ministry's interaction with the associations of Russia's business quarters, in particular, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Russia and the Union of Oil and Gas Industrialists, is a major advantage.

"We are providing them with consultations, information and analytical support," he said. "We intend to start an exchange of personnel on an expert basis with some of our partners."

Lavrov said Russian business "was confidently gaining experience on foreign economic markets, both in former Soviet republics and in European, Asian and African countries.

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