ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations)
Press release on the Russia–ASEAN meeting
On August 2, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with the heads of the ASEAN member countries’ foreign ministries as part of the ASEAN annual event in Singapore.
The ministers noted considerable progress in implementing the decisions approved at the Russia–ASEAN Summit in Sochi in May 2016. They reached an agreement on preparations for a new meeting of ASEAN leaders and approved measures to boost cooperation in the fight against terrorism and transnational crime, to ensure information security and emergency response coordination, as well as expand contacts in the economic, investment and humanitarian areas.
The participants discussed prospects for the development of ties between ASEAN and the Eurasian Economic Union and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation for the sake of promoting diversified integration across Greater Eurasia.
The discussion on the international agenda reaffirmed the similarity of Russia’s and ASEAN’s approaches to the main global and regional issues, including the need to create equal and indivisible security architecture in the Asia-Pacific Region that will be comprehensive, sustainable and inclusive.