Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that the upcoming summit between Russia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) could help establish a strategic partnership between the two sides.
Over the past two decades, Russia and ASEAN have obtained huge experiences in fruitful political, economic and humanitarian cooperation, which provided a good basis for raising the relations to a new level of strategic partnership, Putin said.
“These results provide a good basis for raising ASEAN — Russia relations to a qualitatively new level of strategic partnership, which is the main goal of the ASEAN-Russia Commemorative Summit to be held on 19-20 May 2016 in Sochi,” the Russian president said.
The summit will be held in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi marking the 20th anniversary of the establishment of dialogue partnership between Russia and the ASEAN. Relationship between ASEAN and Russia started in 1991, when Russian representatives were invited to attend a ministerial meeting.
“This cooperation has become an important factor of stability and economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region,” Putin said. “The Summit agenda includes a broad range of issues related to improving the regional security architecture and looking for new ways to fight the growing threats of international terrorism, militant extremism and transnational crime.”
Meanwhile, the ASEAN-Russia Business Forum will take place after the ASEAN-Russia Commemorative Summit. Putin said, hopefully the business forum could develop effective measures to expand cooperation in energy, transportation and infrastructure, agriculture, science and technology.
Putin also expressed hope that the summit would consider the possibility of “establishing versatile contacts” between ASEAN and the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union.
“I am confident that the Sochi Summit will become a significant event in the development of ASEAN-Russia cooperation in all areas and will help to address urgent problems in the Asia-Pacific region,” he concluded.
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