Russia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are moving toward a strategic partnership, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov told Russian Business Guide in an interview published on the website of TPP Inform new agency on Thursday.
“Russia-ASEAN dialogue partnership turns 20 years this year, and it continues to develop. Over the last two decades, stable operation of main bodies of cooperation was established with Russian Foreign Ministry’s coordinating role,” Morgulov said. “The specter of directions of sectoral cooperation is broadening. The recent example is launching Russia-ASEAN dialogue on renewable energy, creating mechanisms of cooperation in the spheres of agriculture and education,” he added.
“We are now at the threshold of a new stage of relations with the Association, which I would describe as moving toward a strategic partnership,” he noted.