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Russia-ASEAN Summit Will Discuss Regional Security Issues

May 13, 2016 (EIRNS)—The upcoming two-day (May 19-20) Russia-ASEAN Summit, scheduled to be held in Sochi, will address regional security issues, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on May 11, Russia Beyond The Headlines (RBTH) reported.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said, in remarks that were published on the summit’s official website,

"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."

He pointed out that another, important task is

"to realize the rich economic potential of our relations and to increase the amount of trade and mutual investment."

RBTH reported that Putin added,

"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,"

Putin said, according to RBTH report.

While briefing the media on May 12, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will take part in the jubilee summit of Russia and the ASEAN.

"The ASEAN summit will take place in Sochi on May 19-20. The forum will be held under the slogan: ‘Russia-AESAN: Towards Strategic Partnership for the Sake of the Common Good,’ and will summarize the results of interaction over the past two decades,"

Zakharova said.

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