Press release on Foreign Ministry Collegium meeting
On February 20, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov chaired a meeting of the Foreign Ministry Collegium.
The participants addressed issues related to Russia's activity in Asia-Pacific multilateral associations, noting that the intensive development of multilateral cooperation is an important factor in creating an atmosphere of trust and mutual understanding in the Asia-Pacific region (APR), and strengthening collective principles in resolving important problems of our time. They reaffirmed the shared commitment to increase work on initiatives on multilateral platforms in the interests of supporting peace and stability in the region.
The Collegium emphasised the importance of promoting cooperative efforts to build a balanced, equal, and indivisible security architecture in the APR based on strict observance of international law and the UN Charter, on mutual trust, on the principles of peaceful settlement of disputes, and the nonuse of force or the threat of force.
They focused on prospects for practical implementation of President Vladimir Putin’s initiative to establish the Greater Eurasian partnership, the expansion of business cooperation while creating a favourable environment for sustainable social and economic development of the APR states, strengthening integration, and building mutually beneficial trade and investment ties.
The participants considered steps toward realising the SCO’s potential, which has significantly increased with India and Pakistan becoming full members in 2017.
They noted the fundamental importance of building a strategic partnership between our country and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and of enhancing practical cooperation with ASEAN on a wide range of issues on the international and bilateral agenda, including as part of joint work to strengthen the ASEAN-centric formats of regional cooperation, such as the East Asian Summits, the ASEAN Regional Forum on Security, and the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ meetings with dialogue partners.
The Collegium remarked on the importance of further developing Russia-India-China trilateral cooperation to develop collective responses to global and regional challenges and threats.
The participants paid special attention to the possibilities of multilateral diplomacy in the fight against international terrorism, drug trafficking, and criminal uses of information and communication technologies.
The results of the discussion were documented in the resolution adopted by the Collegium.