Russian President Vladimir Putin.Press Photo
The upcoming Russia-ASEAN summit in Sochi will address regional security issues, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on May 11.
“The summit’s 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,” Putin said.
In remarks that were published on the summit’s official website, Putin said another important task “is to realize the rich economic potential of our relations and to increase the amount of trade and mutual investment.”
He said the ASEAN-Russia Business Forum that precedes the Sochi Summit could hopefully “develop effective measures to expand cooperation in energy, transportation and infrastructure, agriculture, science and technology.”
The Russian President also advanced the idea of a greater dialogue between the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), ASEAN and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
“We will consider the possibility of establishing versatile contacts between the Eurasian Economic Union and ASEAN as well as coordination of the operations of these major integration structures in the future,” Putin said. “It is also vital to build up practical cooperation between ASEAN and the SCO.”
The summit, which commemorates the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the dialogue partnership between Russia and ASEAN, will be held in Sochi on May 19-20.
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