ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations)
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s answers to media questions on the sidelines of the meeting with Thai Minister of Foreign Affairs Don Pramudwinai, Bangkok, July 30
Question (retranslated from English): South Korea blamed Russia and China for violating its airspace last week. Could you comment on this, please?
Sergey Lavrov: I did not speak on this matter (during the joint news conference following the talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand Don Pramudwinai) because it had nothing to do with Russian-Thai interaction.
Question (retranslated from English): And what about your comment on the ‘watering down’ of the ASEAN structure? Can you expand on this?
Sergey Lavrov: Everything is very simple. Indo-Pacific strategies have been undermining ASEAN’s central role. Naturally, they are not inclusive and imply the region’s division into blocs.