Bilateral relations between Indonesia and Russia have been established for a long time, starting from the cooperation with Soviet Union during the post-independence era. The closeness of the Red Bear with Indonesia at that time has made Indonesia be respected in Asia and the world. At that time, Indonesia received some great support from Soviet Union, namely in infrastructure and military.
Today, relations between Indonesia and Russia continue. Various collaborations are being improved. To further strengthen the relations, Russian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov made an official visit to Indonesia on Tuesday (6/7).
In a press conference after the meeting, Minister Lavrov said that the visit to Indonesia was to strengthen two countries' relations. He affirmed that both countries will strengthen cooperation in security, technology, trade, investment, and humanism. Economic cooperation will also be increased, following the trade target failure in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno LP Marsuid said that amid the pandemic, Indonesia and Russia are strengthening cooperation in the health sector. Russia has earlier provided support, such as health equipment. In the near future, medicine and Sputnik V vaccine will be shipped to Indonesia.
Minister Retno Marsudi further stated that Indonesian Foods and Drugs Monitoring Agency had visited Russia to observe the production process of Sputnik V. The Sputnik V will be produced in Indonesia for the Mutual Cooperation Gotong Royong vaccination program. She also affirmed that all cooperation to handle the Covid-19 pandemic will comply with the regulation and guidance of the two countries' health authorities and World Health Organization -WHO.
With tight cooperation in the health sector, the Sputnik V production between Indonesia and Russia will accelerate the national vaccination program. Indonesia plans to order 20 million doses of Sputnik V for the program.