There is a need to restore trust between countries in relation to global trade and find a way to resolve trade war issues, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, addressing the fifth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Dushanbe on June 15. 

"Unfortunately, trade wars are raging across the world, in fact, ultimate fighting is ongoing, which involves bullying and attempts to eliminate competitors through non-market methods. Today, our collective efforts to find a way out of the situation are important like never before," Putin noted, according to Russian media reports.

Putin reportedly emphasized the need “to restore trust and establish fair economic cooperation rules,” “starting by protecting the social and humanitarian sector from trade and economic sanctions.”

The Russian leader also touched upon cooperation between Asian countries, noting that the region was one of the drivers behind global economic growth. Putin said that Russia paid particular attention to this area of cooperation.  He pointed out that in 2015, CICA members created a business council at Russia’s initiative, while a memorandum of cooperation between small and medium-sized enterprises had been prepared ahead of the Dushanbe summit.

“We call for boosting trade, and abandoning protectionism and illegitimate sanctions, as well as politically-motivated restrictions and barriers. We are determined to enhance investment and industrial cooperation based on WTO rules and respect for each other’s interests,” Putin said, according to TASS.  He noted that the idea of linking the integration processes going on within the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and China’s One Belt One Road initiative was supported by CICA countries.

“Such an approach is in our common interest,” the Russian president emphasized.