Bringing the ASEAN-Russia Strategic Partnership to a new height


Bringing the ASEAN-Russia Strategic Partnership to a new height

Russia will continue to organize training programs for medical staff, provide technical and professional support, and provide test kits, therapeutic drugs and vaccines to ASEAN countries in the coming time.

On July 6, 2021, Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son attended the ASEAN-Russia Special Meeting of Foreign Ministers in an online format. Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov co-chaired the conference.

The Special Meeting of ASEAN-Russia Foreign Ministers took place on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of ASEAN-Russia relations (1991-2021). Representatives of the parties attending the Conference had extensive discussions on cooperation against Covid-19, recovery promotion and Asia-Pacific architecture.

ASEAN-Russia Foreign Ministers’ Special Meeting

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov emphasized that Russia and ASEAN are strategic partners of trust, dialogue and cooperation towards the future, and coordinate to effectively respond to difficulties and challenges in the context of the regional situation. The region and the world are full of instability and complexity. The Russian Foreign Minister also affirmed his support for ASEAN’s central role in the regional architecture and pledged to continue to actively participate and contribute in the mechanisms chaired by ASEAN. On this occasion, Russia expressed its wish that the two sides would strengthen coordination and practical cooperation between ASEAN mechanisms and frameworks such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the Eurasian Economic Union (Eurasian Economic Union) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). EAEU).

The Ministers affirmed that 2021 is a milestone in the bilateral relationship, marking the 30th anniversary of ASEAN-Russia, and the two sides agreed that it is necessary to create a new resilience in the relationship, further strengthen the strategic partnership, and overcome other obstacles. challenges caused by the epidemic and accelerate recovery efforts, affirming the important role of ASEAN-Russia relations in terms of regional and international cooperation.

On that basis, the Conference agreed to launch a number of consultation mechanisms between ASEAN and the Russian Federation; At the same time, Russia also expressed its desire to discuss more with ASEAN on regional architecture. The two sides highly appreciated the successful organization of the first consultation of the ASEAN-Russia High Representative on security issues on June 28, 2021, and agreed to soon launch the ASEAN Dialogue- Russia on information and communication technology security issues as well as promoting ASEAN-Russia cooperation on disaster management. On this occasion, Russia proposed to organize the 4th ASEAN-Russia Summit in October 2021.

In the face of the complicated developments of the Covid-19 situation, the two sides affirmed the need to continue working closely in preventing the spread of dangerous variants of the disease, and coordinating in regional and global efforts. Demand for safe, effective and fair distribution of vaccines to all people in the region, actively implementing the commitments to respond to Covid-19 mentioned at the 15th East Asia Summit (November 2020). Russia affirmed that it will continue to organize training programs for medical staff, provide technical and professional support, and provide test kits, therapeutic drugs and vaccines to ASEAN countries in the coming time.

ASEAN countries agreed to work closely with Russia to promote trade and investment, maintain regional supply chains, strengthen cooperation between the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and ASEAN, and contribute to promoting trade. regional trade and linkages. ASEAN countries supported Russia’s proposal to strengthen tourism cooperation and issued a joint statement on the topic at the 16th East Asia Summit later this year, contributing to recovery and growth efforts. In the area.

In the context of the world and regional situation with many potential risks and uncertainties along with challenges caused by the Covid-19 epidemic, countries emphasized the importance of maintaining peace, stability, security, and safety. ensuring security and safety in the region, affirming the need to continue strengthening dialogue and cooperation, building trust, upholding the mechanisms chaired and led by ASEAN, upholding multilateralism, consolidating a rules-based regional structure in which ASEAN plays a central role.

Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son attended the ASEAN-Russia Foreign Ministers' Special Meeting
Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son attended the ASEAN-Russia Foreign Ministers’ Special Meeting

Minister Bui Thanh Son assessed the partnership and friendship between ASEAN and Russia over the past three decades, becoming more and more solid and reliable. The Minister welcomed Russia to strengthen cooperation with ASEAN, affirming its increasingly important role and position in the region and in the world. Affirming the special traditional bilateral relationship between Vietnam and Russia, Minister Bui Thanh Son emphasized that Vietnam always supports the development of the ASEAN – Russia Strategic Partnership to a new height. ready to transfer Covid-19 vaccine technology and expand production in the region, and at the same time take advantage of the great tourism exchange potential of the two sides to promote recovery after the epidemic.

Sharing about Russia and ASEAN’s efforts to respond to challenges threatening stability and development in the region, Minister Bui Thanh Son suggested the two sides need to constantly work together to build trust, trust and understanding. mutual understanding, upholding international law, appreciating Russia’s support for ASEAN’s efforts in creating a culture of dialogue in ASEAN-led mechanisms, shaping and sharing standards governing relations responsibility and compliance with international law between states; affirming ASEAN’s commitment to effectively implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and soon completing negotiations on an effective, efficient and appropriate Code of Conduct (COC) in the East Sea. with international law and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

At the end of the Conference, Russia and Indonesia issued a Statement by the two co-chairs of the ASEAN-Russia Special Meeting of Foreign Ministers.