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Russia plans to boost strategic partnership with ASEAN

Singapore is hosting an ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting on Thursday

SINGAPORE, August 2. /TASS/. Moscow intends to boost partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in every field, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, addressing a Russia-ASEAN ministerial meeting in Singapore on Thursday.

"Today, we would like to consider further steps to boost strategic partnership between Russia and ASEAN in accordance with the decision our leaders made at the Sochi summit in May 2016," he said. "We welcome the development of our relations with ASEAN in every area," the Russian top diplomat added.

Singapore is hosting an ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting on Thursday, as well as the Russia-ASEAN, Japan-ASEAN and China-ASEAN ministerial meetings. An East Asia Summit (EAS) foreign ministers meeting involving the ten ASEAN member states, Russia, Australia, India, China, New Zealand, South Korea, the United States and Japan, will take place on Saturday. A session of the ASEAN regional security forum is going to be held on the same day. The North Korean leader is expected to attend the event.