Lavrov warns against partition of SyriaRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 23, 0:00
Lavrov calls to coordinate Russian, US military action in SyriaRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 21:05
Lavrov blames Obama administration for souring Russia-US tiesRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 20:41
Waging war on Korean Peninsula inadmissible, says LavrovRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 20:36
Russian Northern Fleet completes drills in ArcticMilitary & Defense September 22, 18:01
OPEC and non-OPEC countries to continue talks on oil production cut dealBusiness & Economy September 22, 17:28
Russian pair figure skaters Kavaguti, Smirnov retire from sportSport September 22, 16:48
Record number of delegations register for St. Petersburg-hosted IPU AssemblyRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 16:47
Astronauts to make quickest trip ever to ISS in DecemberScience & Space September 22, 16:27
SOCHI, May 18. /TASS/. Everything is ready in Russia’s Sochi to host the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Russia on May 19-20, head of the Russian presidential administrative directorate Alexander Kolpakov said on Wednesday.
"There is 100% readiness. We are fully ready," Kolpakov told reporters.
The greatest challenge in preparing for the summit is a completely new team, "but there is no doubt about it," he said.
When asked how many sausages the journalists have already eaten since the press center opened, Kolpakov said "there is a budget, but there are no limits on the food." "As everyone shows and covers information when they are full," he joked.
Speaking about dishes for the delegations, the Kremlin official said the menu is in line with the protocol. "Today we have full import replacement. All products are made in Russia’s territory," Kolpakov said. "Of course, we take into account the interests of all delegations."
The Russia-ASEAN summit will be held in Sochi on May 19-20 and will become the biggest international event in Russia in 2016. The summit will be held under the slogan "Towards Strategic Partnership for the Sake of the Common Good."
The summit is expected to adopt a declaration that will lay the basis for an action plan of Russia-ASEAN cooperation in the political, economic and cultural spheres, as well as in the sphere of security.
Russia has been a dialog partner of ASEAN since July 1996. Similar partnership summits are normally held on the territory of member-states and the choice of Sochi as venue for the Russia-ASEAN summit on the partnership’s 20th anniversary is symbolic.