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Russia still has political influence in the Indo-Pacific region and maintains a good relationship with China, India and Pakistan.

Summary

Russia, unlike China, lacks economic influence in the Indo-Pacific region, but it still has political influence. Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister (for nearly 20 years), recently visited key nations in the region. Opposition to the QUAD and American' divisiveness' were common themes expressed by Lavrov during his visits. Lavrov needed his diplomatic skills to skirt around regional rivalries. Key points made during Lavrov's visit to the region were as follows: